The DC School Report Card gives District of Columbia families a look into all public schools in the District. Built in partnership with families, this tool is a step towards a more transparent, equitable public education system with students at the center of critical decision-making.
What is a School Report Card?
A school report card is a tool that provides you with information about a school overall, and helps you understand how well a school is doing or where it needs more support. All states, including DC, are required to create report cards by law called the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA. While the report cards are federally required, they must also be helpful for the families and community members using them to engage in their child’s school. In developing the DC School Report Card, the OSSE heard over 4,000 voices of parents and community members guiding the development of the report card.
The DC School Report Card pulls high-quality data from the same source school leaders and policymakers use to give everyone in DC a common set of facts about how schools are doing. The DC School Report Card provides over 150 data elements, including the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework and many other data points which are not part of the STAR Framework in academic programming and extra-curricular offerings, academic performance, school environment, and more.
DC School Report Card Resource Library
Want to know more about what will be on the DC School Report Cards, and how you can use the information to engage more deeply in your child’s school? Check out our resources and tools below!
Built in Partnership with Families
Between September 2017 and July 2018, thousands of families, educators and community members helped OSSE build and design a new report card that is as helpful and user-friendly as possible for the parents and families served by public schools in the District of Columbia. You can read more about OSSE’s engagement and what we heard from families and the community below.
- Learn who we heard from about report card content and report card layout and design.
- Read about how OSSE responded to community feedback on report card content and report card layout and design.
- View archived engagement materials on report card content and report card design.