LAUNCH: Measuring early career outcomes in D.C.

LAUNCH: Measuring early career outcomes in D.C.

11/17/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am –

Over 40 percent of students born in the District of Columbia leave D.C.’s public schools before the start of high school, either for private schools or moving out of state. Exit and voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and leavers explores the dynamics behind families’ decision to leave or stay in D.C.’s public schools. In it, we examine the findings of a regional survey of parents about their choice to stay or go. In addition to capturing perceptions of those who stayed in D.C.’s public schools, the report focuses on “Leavers,” or those who once lived in D.C. and did or could have sent a child to a DCPS or D.C. public charter school, but then left either by moving to a nearby jurisdiction or moving their student to a private school.

A more comprehensive view of the career outcomes of D.C. public school alumni would be beneficial to students and families as they make decisions about their education, policymakers as they analyze labor force trends, and education practitioners as they make changes to maximize success for D.C.’s youth. Join the D.C. Policy Center and CityWorks DC as we present “Measuring early career outcomes in D.C.” We’ll share the major findings of our report including the importance of early career tracking, best practices from around the region, and recommendations for D.C.’s public schools to measure early career outcomes. We’ll then host an expert panel to share their experiences collecting and utilizing data to improve outcomes.

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The D.C. Policy Center is an independent think tank. We provide analysis on policy issues that affect the District of Columbia with a singular focus on the District’s economy and demographics. Our work covers topics such as job creation, affordable housing for middle- and low-income residents, workforce development, infrastructure and transportation, and alleviating poverty.