On February 10, 2023, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, The role of school boundaries in the District of Columbia, was cited in The DC Line:
There are 116 DCPS facilities; 98 of those are considered by-right and 18 are citywide. According to “The Role of School Boundaries in the District of Columbia,” a recent analysis conducted by the DC Policy Center, 72% of students use the common lottery each year to secure a seat in a charter school or a DCPS institution outside of their community; only 28% of students attend their by-right school.
The “Jackson-Reed boundary participation rate is three times greater than the city average,” Chelsea Coffin and Julie Rubin wrote in their DC Policy Center report. The rates of neighborhood enrollment at Anacostia, Dunbar, Ballou and Woodson high schools are all below 20%.
That data caused the report’s authors to conclude that in “contiguous areas of the city where boundary participation is low, changing the geographic delineation of a boundary will not have a large effect on enrollment at by-right schools.”