Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released the 2023 DC School Report Card which shares comparable school-, local education agency (LEA)- and city-level data about all public schools in the District of Columbia. The updated website is dynamic, interactive, easy to navigate on both computer and mobile devices and provides a one-stop-shop to learn about all public schools in the District.
“The DC School Report Card provides families, educators and the community a wealth of information about all public schools in the District of Columbia and an unprecedented amount of data that helps paint a clear picture of each school and demonstrates our commitment to data transparency,” said State Superintendent Dr. Christina Grant. “As families consider which school is the best fit for their child, the DC School Report Card serves as an information hub that gives families all they need to help them make that important decision.”
The DC School Report Card, available at schoolreportcard.dc.gov, allows users to take a deeper look at valuable data including attendance, student growth, graduation rate and other information such as a message from each school and public transportation options. The site is built for families to access the information that is most important to them and their students. LEAs confirm the accuracy of every data point and piece of information. The report card also includes a summative school performance score for each school, as required by they Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the US Department of Education (USED). The summative scores were calculated using the District’s new ESSA state plan. The new scores are not comparable to previous years.
This information will help guide students and families participating in EdFEST, the District’s annual public school fair on Dec. 2 and 9, as they search for a school that is a good match for their child. Admission for EdFEST is free. Families can register at myschooldc.org/events/edfest. OSSE encourages pre-registration so attendees can quickly and easily share contact information via personalized QR code with the booths they visit.
One of the key data points displayed on the DC School Report Card is graduation rates. The District’s four-year graduation rate for the 2022-23 school year increased by 1 percentage point overall. According to OSSE data, 76.14 percent of students in District of Columbia high schools graduated in four years compared to 74.9 percent the prior school year, and nearly all student subgroups saw improvement.
The four-year graduation rate for DCPS is 75.27 percent, an increase of roughly 3 percent over last year. The four-year graduation rate for public charter schools is 79.38 percent, a slight decrease from the rate of 80.1 percent last year. The four-year adjusted cohort consisted of 4,791 students who entered ninth grade in the 2019-20 school year. Of those students, 3,648 graduated high school by spring 2023. Since OSSE began using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate in the 2010-11 school year, the graduation rate for the District of Columbia has increased by nearly 18 percentage points as demonstrated by the chart below.
District of Columbia Statewide 4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate
|Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate
The DC School Report Card is also sharing student attendance data from the 2022-23 school year for the first time, accompanying the release of OSSE’s annual Attendance Report. In the District, chronic absenteeism and truancy both declined. Chronic absenteeism fell from 48 to 43 percent, while truancy fell from 42 to 37 percent. These declines were both driven by decreases in unexcused absences; excused absences remain at levels comparable to the 2021-22 school year. On the DC School Report Card, users can examine these data for the District overall as well as for individual schools and LEAs. The Attendance Report provides additional analyses, including the strong relationship between high attendance and student growth.
These data and many more are available at schoolreportcard.dc.gov. To read the full Attendance Report, please visit OSSE’s website. For more information on the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, visit OSSE’s website.