• Public school enrollment numbers (overall and by sector) are from Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Enrollment Audit Data as reported on the Kids Count Data Center.
  • Student demographics including enrollment by ward in the ward snapshots and the enrollment numbers used to calculate staffing ratios at the ward level, AP/IB participation, AP/IB success, graduation rates, post-secondary enrollment, and rates of novice teachers pull from DC School Report Card data. While OSSE provided updated 2019-20 data for demographics, graduation rate, and post-secondary enrollment, all other measures are still using 2018-19 data, the most recent available from OSSE. To minimize confusion, the DC-wide portion of the site consistently uses the 2018-19 data (so, for postsecondary enrollment, the percent of high school graduates from the class of 2018 who enrolled in a postsecondary degree-granting institution within 12 months of graduation) while the ward snapshots use the more recent data where available (and differentiate the year of data for each measure).
  • The data points on school-based arrests also use DC School Report Card data, but only DCPS data were included in the report for this measure because there appear to be some issues with the school-based arrest data. When looking at the LEA level, the vast majority of arrests seem to occur in DCPS, with only a handful at 3 charters and none at most charters. While this is possible, it seems improbable, suggesting a data issue. In addition, when looking at the school level data, the numbers differ from the totals in the LEA and DC-wide data (while the LEA tab suggests that 3 charter LEAs have 4 arrests each, the school tab lists each of those three as only having 2 arrests each).
  • Teacher demographic data are from the Educator Workforce Data Files from May 2022.
  • Information on school counselors pulls from the DCPS Performance Oversight responses published in spring 2023.
  • Counts of security personnel per school.
  • Districtwide school discipline data pull from OSSE’s State of Discipline 2021-22 School Year report.
  • PARCC/MSAA results pull from OSSE’s analysis where possible. For disaggregated data by ward (e.g. 3rd grade proficiency by ward, Black student proficiency by ward) the numbers are an estimate based on rolling up from school-level data. Because some schools have too few students in a given group to report results this means that these ward-level estimates are somewhat imprecise.
  • The data point on children who participated in an organized afterschool or weekend activity in the prior year uses National Survey of Child Health data (the 2020-21 two-year average). The data points on after school program participation and parental support for public funding for afterschool programs pulls from the After School Alliance website.
  • Learn24 data pull from the Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Grant Report published in December 2020 and shared with the OST Commission in January 2021.
  • 21st Century data pull from the DCPS SY18-19 21CCLC Afterschool End of Year (EOY) Report and responses to data requests.
  • Information about student commuting patterns by ward pulls from the DC Policy Institute’s 2022 Safe Passage program and student commutes publication and the data download for EdScape Chapter 4: Trends in Distance to School.

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