THE FACTS


Fig. 1

Breakdown of the number of young people under the age of 18 in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

According to the US Census Bureau (2016) there are 3.3 million young people under the age of 18 living in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.  DC has 120,567 young people or 17.7% of its total population of 681,170. MD has 1,347,684 young people or 22.4% of its total population of 6,016,447. VA has 1,867,421 young people or 22.2% of its total population of 8,411,808.

Population Count: # people under the age of 18

Information from the US Census Bureau, 2016 population estimates

60

Total # of school districts in Washington, DC

25

Total # of school districts in Maryland

227

Total # of school districts in Virginia

Each of the of school districts in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area has its own unique set of challenges that reflect a wide diversity of students, teachers, resources and the communities they represent.


Fig. 2

The adjusted cohort graduation rate for public high school students in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

Statistics released by the Institute of Education Sciences a division of the National Center for Education Statistics as measured by the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate. The rates measures students in public schools who graduate within four years with a regular high school diploma.  The national average graduation rate is reported as 83%. DC's rate is below average at 69%. MD's rate is 4 points above average at 87%. VA's rate is 3 points above average at 86%.  

  • The Washington, D.C. school system tied New Mexico with the lowest graduation rate in the country.

2014-2015 Adjusted Cohort High School Graduation Rates

Information from the National Center for Education Statistics

Fig. 3

Comparing per pupil funding across the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

In the Public Education Finances Report (2013) from the US Census Bureau the US national average of funding allocated per student is $10,700. DC spent approximately $17k, MD $13k, and VA $10k.

Public School Per Pupil Funding

US Census Bureau