On October 2, 2019, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin discussed the D.C. Policy Center report Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, as a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show:
About half of students in D.C. charter and traditional public schools are labeled “at-risk,” meaning they receive welfare or nutritional benefits, are homeless or in foster care, or are overage in high school. And there’s a big achievement gap between those students and their peers.
A new report examines the schools in D.C. that do the best job of closing that achievement gap — and finds that many students identified as at-risk don’t have easy access to these so-called “leveler” schools.
We discuss the findings, and how “leveler” schools across the city are promoting growth for D.C. students.