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D.C. charter school enrollment up 5% from last year

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Final audited figures from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education demonstrated that charter schools increased their enrollment by 5% from the previous year. The sector now educates 36,565 students, maintaining its 44% share of all public school students. DCPS enrollment went up by 2% to 46,393. There are some interesting findings in this data.

The Washington Post's Emma Brown points out that the number of students in grades 6 through 8 attending charters declined 2% from last year while DCPS grew in those grades by the identical proportion. I believe this is the first time since charters opened in the District we have seen this phenomenon. Overall, students attending public school in the nation's capital increased by 3.3 percent to 82,958 students, and this is the fifth straight year that the number has gone up. Here are the statistics:

  • 2 percent increase in 2009-10
  • 4 percent increase in 2010-11
  • 2 percent increase in 2011-12
  • 5 percent increase in 2012-13;
  • 3 percent increase in 2013-2014

There is a fascinating graph which accompanied the OSSE press release regarding this data. It shows that enrollment in the city's schools reached its lowest point during the 2007 to 2008 term at 70,922 students. Since that time the line goes almost straight up. Our expectation should now be to have student academic proficiency rates follow exactly the same pattern.

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