School Performance in DC (Washington)

DC (Washington): Comparing schools and districts based on student proficiency

The information below reflects the most recent data available to us; please contact us with questions or to request additional analyses.

School Performance in DC (Washington)

Analysis: Comparing schools and districts on third grade proficiency in reading and math
The charts linked below allow you to compare schools and districts in Washington, DC with their peers. The Y (vertical) axis shows the percentage of proficient 3rd graders in a subject; the X (horizontal) axis shows the percentage of students who qualify for the free or reduced rate lunch program, a common indicator of poverty in schools.

Available charts:

Note: Washington DC began using the PARCC assessment in 2015.  Previous year results should not be compared to the 2017 and subsequent assessments.

Note: Washington DC reports five levels of proficiency.  The top two levels of proficiency, levels 4 and 5, were used to calculate proficiency for the 2017 chart.

According to recently enacted changes in the National School Lunch Program, school districts with more than 40% of certain eligible students will be able to dispense with the normal free and reduced lunch application process and provide a free lunch and breakfast to any student walking through the serving line. As a result, many schools in the District of Columbia and districts around the US may be reporting 99% of their students as eligible for free and lunch, whether or not that percentage would be supported by facts on the ground:

naep-v-states-4th-grade-readingComparing DC (Washington)’s Proficiency Standards to the National “Gold Standard” (NAEP) 
Each state defines for itself what “proficient” means; some states have a rigorous definition, while others are less strict in their standards. To see how states compare, ECF has published charts showing the percentage of students deemed proficient in various subjects and grade levels and compared them to percentages reported for each state by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, or “The Nation’s Report Card”), considered to be the gold standard.

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