Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Truth About D.C. Public Schools
Here are some frightening statistics about Washington, D.C. public schools - an indication of the work that remains:
1) Over 70,000 students attend D.C. public schools - and 41 percent of them will drop out (2007).
2) 38 percent of all D.C. students attend charter schools.
3) As of 2008, only 14 percent of D.C. eighth graders can read proficiently, and only 18 percent are proficient in math.
4) Despite this, a total of $29,808 is spent per student each year in D.C. public schools, as opposed to $17,525 per student in charter schools.
Scores have begun to climb in the past two years, but more work remains...