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District of Columbia
District of Columbia Public Schools, 415 12th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20004
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Superintendent of Education
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, (202) 724-4222
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Brenda Dumson, (202) 541-5931
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Brenda Dumson, (202) 541-5931

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
86,435 78,648 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
188 184 Public schools
6,232 5,288 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
67 67 Land area in square miles
1,290.1 1,173.9 Public school students per square mile
280.6 274.6 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
637 539 State population (in thousands)
State revenue per capita
State expenditure per capita
State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$403,598 $688,178 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 1 100% 1 Total public education agencies
100.0% 1 100.0% 1 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
100.0% 1 100.0% 1 100 or more schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 25 to 99 schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 10 to 24 schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 5 to 9 schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 1 to 4 schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 188 100% 184 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
88.3% 166 90.2% 166 Regular schools
8.0% 15 5.4% 10 Special education schools
3.7% 7 0.0% 0 Vocational schools
0.0% 0 4.3% 8 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
58.5% 110 58.7% 108 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
3.2% 6 2.2% 4 PK, K, 1 to 8
2.1% 4 6.5% 12 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
13.8% 26 7.6% 14 7 to 8, 9
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 7, 8 to 12
7.4% 14 12.0% 22 9, 10, 11 to 12
3.2% 6 6.0% 11 Other grades
10.6% 20 7.1% 13 Ungraded
1.1% 2 0.0% 0 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
3,436 5,044 Prekindergarten
6,579 7,469 Kindergarten
7,587 7,912 First
7,033 7,114 Second
6,448 6,271 Third
6,055 5,442 Fourth
5,803 5,332 Fifth
5,303 4,742 Sixth
5,987 4,875 Seventh
5,710 4,625 Eighth
5,665 4,951 Ninth
5,650 4,554 Tenth
5,391 3,694 Eleventh
4,806 3,042 Twelfth
4,982 3,581 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
8.5% Students in special education with IEPs
42.0% 69.3% School membership eligible for free lunch
37.9% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
80.0% 3,842 73.8% 2,696 Regular diploma
    Other diploma
20.0% 958 23.3% 851 High school equivalency
  2.9% 107 Other completers
    Dropouts
        Dropouts who were male
        Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
187.1 232.8 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
79.9% 80.2% Students below basic level
20.1% 19.8% Students at or above basic level
5.1% 5.4% Students at or above proficient level
0.9% 1.2% Students at advanced level
113.0 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  81.5% Students below basic level
  18.5% Students at or above basic level
  4.8% Students at or above proficient level
  0.3% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 11,130 100% 9,318 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
56.0% 6,232 56.8% 5,288 Teachers
5.7% 636 5.4% 499 Instructional aides
        Support staff
2.5% 273 2.4% 225 Guidance counselors/directors
1.6% 182 1.5% 140 Librarians/library support
3.6% 404 6.8% 633 Administrative support
23.9% 2,662 18.9% 1,761 Other support services
        Administrators
2.7% 296 3.2% 300 School-based
4.0% 445 5.1% 472 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
1.3 1.3 Teacher to all other staff ratio
8.4 6.8 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$19,116 $24,349 Average beginning teacher salary
$34,705 $41,436 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.7% 0.0% Public school teachers with no degree
43.1% 41.2% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
44.5% 54.4% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
11.7% 4.4% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$10,020 $14,708 National school lunch
$1,781 $3,183 National school breakfast
$20,498 $19,977 Title I
$1,785 $102,612 Education for the handicapped
$5,011 $4,145 Vocational and adult education
$3,903 $9,824 School improvement
$1,263 $786 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$880 $1,357 Bilingual education
$110 $29 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$484,717 $711,504 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$5,608 $9,047 Revenue per pupil in membership
$489,357 $632,952 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$5,662 $8,048 Current expenditure per pupil in membership
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