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Governor:Muriel Bowser (Mayor)
Superintendent of Education:Hanseul Kang
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:80,958
Number of school districts:73
Number of public schools:270
Number of public school teachers:6,565
Unadjusted education spending per student:$18,485
Percent minority students:90.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:92.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.0%
Percent of English-language learners:9.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.5%
8th grade math:23.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:30.1%
8th grade reading:19.9%

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This Quality Counts 2020 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 22, 2020 – Quality Counts
The District of Columbia trailed behind most of the country in 2008 in offering students a chance for success. It's now No. 7, the nation’s most improved in that time.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
School systems throughout the U.S. are struggling to find bus drivers, and district leaders are getting creative to fill vacancies.
September 3, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers in some states worry students may face questions on topics they haven't studied on new science tests rolling out across the country.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week

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