School Choice Score: 76%
D.C.’s often-under-assault but highly popular Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) provides approximately 1,600 low-income students the opportunity to attend the private or public school of their choice. Scholarships are equivalent to up to $12,000 for high school and up to $8,000 for elementary and middle school. The program is authorized through 2016 by Congress, however no new students are allowed to enroll in the DCOSP as funding for the program continues to be neglected.
Charter Schools Score: 95%
The D.C. Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB) holds charters to stringent performance targets and accountability metrics, which it is able to do because of its autonomy. Despite the law, which says charters should receive nearly identical funding as their district peers, a recent lawsuit asserts that the district has shortchanged charters by millions for years. Charters also receive some per-pupil facilities funding, but it has been difficult finding suitable space and funding is still not equitable.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Blended learning, which is a combination of online and face-to-face instruction, is becoming a popular option provided by charter schools.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
The city has developed the IMPACT system to evaluate its teachers annually using a five-tier rating. Ineffective teachers can be dismissed after one year, and there are no protections for permanent teachers, basically eliminating tenure. D.C. allows for a performance pay system that rewards teachers on performance, although some automatic raises for degrees and other factors still occur.