October 19th, 2023
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  • Public school enrollment numbers (overall and by sector) are from Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Enrollment Audit Data for the 2022-23 school year, also  reported on the Kids Count Data Center.
  • Student demographics including enrollment by ward in the ward snapshots and the enrollment numbers used to calculate school counselor ratios at the ward level pull from DC School Report Card data. The data on graduation rate, AP/IB participation and success, and post-secondary enrollment also draw on the 2022-23 school report card data.
  • 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. Furthermore, since the end of the DCPS contract with MPD OSSE has not reported solid data for this measure, so we’re still using the 2018-19 numbers.
  • Teacher demographic data are from the Educator Workforce Data Files for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Rates of novice teachers pull from the 2022-23 data at
  • Information on school counselors pulls from the DCPS Performance Oversight responses published in spring 2023.
  • Counts of security personnel per school were last reported for the 2019-20 school year, but have not been reported since the end of the DCPS contract with MPD.
  • 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 OSSE changed its data suppression rules during the pandemic, too many schools have data suppressed for us to be able to report ward-level 3rd grade proficiency or Black student proficiency by ward in recent years. We are therefore still using 2018-19 data in the ward snapshots, and are hoping that OSSE will provide these ward-level estimates soon.
  • 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.
  • Data on access to after out-of-school-time programs by grade span pull from the 2022 DC Policy Center needs assessment available at
  • 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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DC Kids Count is powered by DC Action and provides the best available data to measure and track the well-being of our District’s children and young adults. Research for DC Kids Count is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The findings and conclusions presented are those of DC Action’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.