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The number of students in D.C. Public Schools, both traditional and charter, is now its highest in a decade at 81,000 students, according to the latest estimates from District officials. But those numbers aren't the final word on enrollment.
The enrollment count is 5 percent higher than last year, school officials say. But they are comparing audited numbers from last year with unverified or unaudited numbers from this year.
Last year the final audited numbers showed almost 1,500 fewer students than initially reported — with D.C.'s traditional public schools coming in at 1,000 fewer students than initially reported.
This year, however, the school system anticipates little, if any, change between the two sets of numbers, says Marc Caposino, spokesperson for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE).
The OSSE has implemented more rigorous training for the hundreds of staff involved in the count and is now starting to train them earlier than in the past, he says.
Since 2009, total audited enrollment has been steadily increasing after losing students for decades, Caposino says. The official audit is expected early next year.