District of Columbia Earns a C on State Report Card, Ranks 29th in Nation

An Education Week State Highlight Report

| Updated: June 6, 2018
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The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report.

State Overview

This year, District of Columbia finishes 29th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 72.8 out of 100 points and a grade of C. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.

Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, District of Columbia earns a B-minus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 15th. The average state earns a C-plus. Because the District of Columbia is a single-district jurisdiction, it is not issued a grade for school finance, which analyzes the distribution of funding across districts within a state. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 47th with a grade of a D. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.

District of Columbia’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric.

School Finance

The school finance analysis examines two critical aspects of school spending. Of the eight indicators in this category, four assess school spending patterns, while the remaining metrics gauge equity in the distribution of funding across the districts within each state.

Across the spending indicators, District of Columbia finishes with an A-minus compared with a national average of D-minus. District of Columbia ranks sixth in the nation in this area.

As a single-district jurisdiction, the District of Columbia does not receive a grade on equity measures. The nation as a whole earns a B.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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