This State of D.C. Schools report is a systemwide overview of education in D.C. meant to help local residents, and especially parents of current and future D.C. public school children, better understand where D.C.’s traditional public and public charter schools have made progress. The report also addresses where targeted improvements are still necessary. We hope this State of D.C. Schools report will help inform local education policymakers in the development of future policy decisions.


The report was prepared with generous support from Education Forward DC. The D.C. Policy Center was grateful to the DC Public Charter School Board for the use of their beautiful photos throughout the report. Photos courtesy of the DC Public Charter School Board except where otherwise noted. The authors also appreciated the opportunity to present and analyze publicly available data, especially from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education’s EdScape Beta tool, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s DC School Report Card, and common lottery data.


This report was prepared and produced by the D.C. Policy Center’s Education Policy Initiative. The D.C. Policy Center is an independent nonprofit think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia.

The views expressed in this report should not be attributed to the members of the D.C. Policy Center’s Board of Directors or its funders. Funders do not determine research findings or the insights and recommendations of D.C. Policy Center employees and experts. Further information about the D.C. Policy Center is available at dcpolicycenter.org/about.

D.C. Policy Center Fellows are independent writers, and we gladly encourage the expression of a variety of perspectives. The views of our Fellows, published here or elsewhere, do not reflect the views of the D.C. Policy Center.

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