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Bridge to High School


In the District of Columbia, students and families have numerous high school options. However, this choice landscape presents logistical challenges for high schools that may enroll students from dozens of different middle schools – across District of Columbia Public Schools and public charter school campuses – and often lack important quantitative and qualitative information before school starts to serve incoming ninth graders well.

In 2015, Raise DC, in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and various school-based partners, formed the Ninth Grade Counts Network (9GCN) to strengthen student transitions from middle to high school. 9GCN empowers schools with the right information to better meet the needs of incoming ninth graders and equips students with the academic and non-academic skills they need to succeed in ninth grade.

Created by schools, for schools, the Bridge to High School Data Exchange and Kid Talk equip educators with key student-level information and opportunities to connect with one another to better serve students transitioning to high school.

Bridge to High School Data Exchange

In summer 2016, the 9GCN, with leadership from OSSE, launched the Bridge to High School Data Exchange to equip participating high schools with key student-level data for their incoming ninth graders quickly, securely and consistently. Now in its fourth year, the Data Exchange has served as a launch pad for members to scale effective practices, develop middle-to-high school partnerships, and elevate to key citywide leaders specific infrastructure and policy barriers that need to be addressed. As the Data Exchange continues to evolve during the 2018-19 school year, the Bridge to High School Data Exchange saw participation from 95 percent of the eligible middle and high school campuses, representing more than 5,000 enrolling ninth graders.

Kid Talk

In response to local education agency (LEA) feedback from Bridge to High School Data Exchange surveys, Raise DC and OSSE launched “Kid Talk” in August 2017. As an extension of the data exchange, the Kid Talk offers middle schools and high schools an opportunity to connect in-person to:

  • Review eighth grade data and offer insights to guide student-specific planning for rising ninth graders.
  • Launch ongoing working relationships between middle and high schools to continue to support shared students throughout their freshman year.

Download the fact sheet to learn more about the Bridge to High School Data Exchange and Kid Talk, including timelines and data elements.


Program Contact

Marquita Hardy
1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Email: [email protected]