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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Enrollment Deadline

The deadline for enrolling students at their matched schools in D.C. is May 1.

All DCPS schools are free to District residents, and every K-12 student who lives in D.C. has at least one right-to-attend DCPS school — a school where he or she can enroll at any time. A right-to-attend school is determined by a family’s address and the feeder pattern of the student’s current school.

D.C. law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 18 to attend school.

To complete enrollment, parents and guardians can download the full enrollment packet at dcps.org, provide proof of D.C. residency and bring the completed packet to their child’s school.

Math, Reading Scores Stagnant

The recent released results of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” show little growth in math and consistently flat scores in reading since 2015.

The biennial assessment, which affects DCPS and school districts across the country, is considered one of the most reliable measures of student achievement for elementary and secondary students in the U.S.

“Every moment of success a student achieves should be celebrated, but when the majority of District students are not proficient in reading or math, we must determine what isn’t working,” said Karen Williams,k D.C. State Board of Education president and Ward 7 representative. “This year’s NAEP and TUDA results indicate that the District should review its early literacy practices to ensure we are setting all students up for success. The NAEP results should light a fire in all of us to do better, to do more, to do all we can for our children.”

While about 4,400 fourth-graders took either the NAEP math or reading assessment, roughly 3,000 eighth-grade students took one of the assessments during the 2016-17 school year.

April is Autism Awareness Month

DCPS is keenly aware of how family engagement activities can positively affect families of students with special needs.

With April designated as Autism Awareness Month, the school system recognized partners such as Anne Beers Elementary School for working with families to navigate the special-education system.

“Home visits give me the opportunity to get an understanding of where parents are in managing the fact that their child has a disability,” said Tameka Clemons, a teacher at the Southeast school.

Mayor’s Budget Investments

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s fiscal 2019 budget makes broad investments that take into consideration the diverse needs of residents such as investments in child care and education.

In accordance with the new budget, D.C. will invest $12.5 million to make early child care more affordable for all residents.

With a $94 million increase in funding for the city’s public schools, the city will also be able to provide more students and educators with the resources and support they need to succeed.

The District will also invest $15 million in out-of-school time programming.

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