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Governor:Vincent Gray (Mayor)
Superintendent of Education:Hosanna Mahaley
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:71,277
Number of school districts:52
Number of public schools:228
Number of public school teachers:5,925
Unadjusted education spending per student:$20,910
Percent minority students:92.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:73.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:16.8%
Percent of English-language learners:7.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:27.9%
8th grade math:18.8%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:23.0%
8th grade reading:17.4%

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The practice of assigning teachers to subject-specific classes, long a staple of middle and high schools, is gaining ground at the elementary level.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
The closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay in the District of Columbia appears to be motivating weak and strong educators alike to higher performance.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
The partnership of research organizations with local district and charter schools will study how the often-changing education policy landscape in the nation's capital affects students and teachers.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
Small teams from all District of Columbia schools have been analyzing student test performance from 2012-13 to guide teachers' instruction in the new school year.
September 9, 2013 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education plans to issue guidance by month's end on how states with waivers under the NCLB law can go about seeking renewal.
August 8, 2013 - Education Week

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