Why information about schools is important.

Transparent access to reliable data promotes shared responsibility for the educational growth and development of our children. Our report cards are designed to help parents and other community members make informed decisions that support their children’s educational success. 

To make information about schools transparent, every state is required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act to produce report cards at the school, LEA and state level.  

Report cards break down details about student performance based on the results of the DC CAS , which assesses how well our students have mastered the knowledge and skills contained in DC’s academic learning standards. They also provide information on each school’s performance under the DC accountability system. 

Paper copies of state, LEA and school report cards are available for viewing in select locations of the DC Public Library. Find a branch near you.

DC Education System

DC is unique from other US states and territories in many ways, including its education system. For example, DC is a system of public school choice. DC also has universal pre-kindergarten, which guarantees early childhood education for residents.

Learn more about education in DC

Applying for and Enrolling in Schools

LearnDC provides transparent access to data and information about DC public and public charter schools that empowers understanding in support of all public school options. LearnDC also offers information about nonpublic special education schools.

Since December 2013, My School DC – the city's common application and common lottery – has simplified the process for families to apply to schools that best meet their children's needs.

The My School DC common application allows families, who wish to send their students to a school other than their assigned right-to-attend DCPS school and families choosing not to remain in their current school, to apply for public charter schools and DCPS including out-of-boundary schools, pre-kindergarten programs and selective citywide high schools.

The DC Public School Charter Board (PCSB) also offers a mobile app, MyDCcharters, that helps families locate public charter school options and learn about the Performance Management Framework (PMF). Download the app from Google Play or Apple App Store.

Researching Schools

Beyond LearnDC, our local education community offers many resources to support families in the daunting process of making good educational decisions and planning for their child’s academic success.

Explore resources, including a checklist for school visits from GreatSchools.org and what you need to apply with My School DC in the Common Core resource library. Learn about how to identify high quality schools by checking out the expert guidance and support developed by well-known local and national organizations.

Nonpublic Special Education Schools

DC provides appropriate services for students with qualifying disabilities. When a Local Education Agency (LEA) can’t meet the needs of a particular student, the student may be placed in a separate nonpublic special education program. Nonpublic school profiles provide important information about the programs and performance of schools offering services to students with qualifying disabilities.

Find School Profiles for Nonpublic Schools

About our accountability model.

DC has developed an accountability system of recognition, accountability and support for our local schools. The model takes both student proficiency level and student growth into account. Schools receive differentiated levels of support, resources and flexibility based on needs and achievement.

Explore this helpful brochure to learn more about our accountability model.

DC ESEA Flexibility Waiver Brochure

How our data is gathered and reported.

The Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLED) is a single, comprehensive repository of student and education-related data needed to improve education planning, management, reporting, instruction and evaluation in DC.

We receive data from local schools through an annual collection and certification process that includes verification checks performed by the state. Data is made public on an annual schedule.

Additional data is provided by nationally recognized test and information centers.