On March 27, 2023, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, State of D.C. Schools, 2021-22: In-Person Learning, Measuring Outcomes, and Work on Recovery, was cited by Washington Post:
These teens are part of the inaugural class of Coolidge’s Early College Academy, an effort to reverse the trend of lackluster college enrollment rates in D.C. The Northwest Washington school was selected to launch the program in part because of its diverse student population, said Lewis D. Ferebee, chancellor of D.C. public schools, including many students for whom English is not their first language. Three more cohorts are scheduled and expected to finish by the 2025-2026 school year, a total of 75 additional students.
But amid the applause and happy tears, officials acknowledged more must be done — to not only send more children to college but also make sure they graduate. A recent report from the D.C. Policy Center, a local think tank, found that for every 100 ninth-graders in D.C., just eight will graduate college within six years of leaving high school.