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D.C. Public Schools has released comprehensive scorecards for each of its 119 schools.
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D.C. Public Schools has released comprehensive scorecards for each of its 119 schools.

Chancellor Kaya Henderson has unveiled new scorecards for 119 of D.C.'s public schools as part of an effort to be more transparent and give parents more access.

Each school's profile is meant to provide what she calls "a more holistic view" of what's happening inside each building, Henderson says. Parents can look up whether students in a school have improved in reading and math compared to their peers in the district, examine the percentage of highly effective teachers who've returned to teach at a school, and review family engagement survey data.

Henderson says there are lots of schools parents haven't heard about. "The scorecard allows you to uncover some of the gems in DCPS," she says.

Some of the information is very broad; for example, suspensions data only includes students suspended for 11 days or more. And "School Safety" rankings aren't based on the number of incidents at each school. Instead, they're based on student, parent and staff perceptions from surveys conducted every two years.

Henderson says she hopes the information will become "more detailed and more nuanced" in the future.

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