Learning begins at a very young age and continues throughout the lifespan. We work to eliminate opportunity gaps and guarantee all students access high-quality programs and schools that meet their individual needs.
To reach these goals, we are focused on advancing:
- Early Care and Education
- Early Literacy
- Regular School Attendance
- Special Education
- 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency
To learn more about education outcomes in DC, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Gaps Still Evident in Third Grade Reading Proficiency
A growing body of research indicates that achieving proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is one of the best predictors of later academic succcess.
Giving Hispanic Students in the District a Chance to Succeed from the Start
Around the country, growing participation in early childhood education seems to be leaving Hispanic children behind; Hispanic children are considerably less likely to be enrolled in an early childhood program than their white or African-American peers.
Attendance in DC Public Charter Schools: 2012-2013
Chronic absenteeism increases achievement gaps because students from disadvantaged backgrounds with high absenteeism are more likely to fall behind academically.