DC: Auditor – District Failed to Collect School, Student Performance Data

DC: Auditor – District Failed to Collect School, Student Performance Data

March 16, 2021

According to the Office of the D.C. Auditor, District officials have failed to collect required data needed to evaluate the performance of schools, including data on student achievement, absenteeism, and enrollment and transfers – despite receiving $30 million in local and federal funding for reporting purposes. Kathleen Patterson, the D.C. auditor, stated, “Our ability to bring about racial equity through education policy and practice is thereby crippled,” while District education officials took issue with the claims, saying significant progress has been made in collecting, analyzing, and reporting school data in the last five years.