District of Columbia

District of ColumbiaWashington D.C. is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for Washington D.C., including a list of grants the District has received; District discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; and related news articles.

Grants Received

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

Healthy Transitions

In 2014, the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health received a Healthy Transitions grant. This 5-year grant program is designed to help improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, aged 16-25 years old, who are at high risk of developing a serious mental or behavioral health condition. The goal of the program is to expand services and supports that are culturally competent and youth guided, improve cross-system collaboration, and increase public awareness of available resources and strategies for identifying early indications of serious mental health and substance use conditions among youth and young adults. To learn more, about this grant go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-017.

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, Eagle Academy Public Charter School received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, the school is developing support systems for implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatelea/index.html.

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

In 2015, the youth-research organization Child Trends, the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education received a Comprehensive School Safety Initiative grant through the National Institute of Justice. This 4-year grant is being used to conduct a randomized control study of the implementation of the Safe School Certification Program. The study involves 30 public and public charter middle schools in Washington DC. This study focuses on capacity building for addressing school safety, improving school climate, and preventing bullying. Click here for more information about the study. Click here for more information about the grant.

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

20118.7,7.4
20138.5,6.9
20179.8,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This district did not participate in data collection in 2009 or 2015.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearDistrict of ColumbiaUS
20118.77.4
20138.56.9
20179.86.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

201115.8,12.0
201315.3,8.1
201715.5,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This district did not participate in data collection in 2009 or 2015.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearDistrict of ColumbiaUS
201115.812.0
201315.38.1
201715.58.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

201122.6,25.6
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This district did not participate in data collection in 2009 or 2015. This district did not have data for this indicator in 2013 or 2017.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearDistrict of ColumbiaUS
201122.625.6

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

201111.1,15.8
201314.8,17.0
201715.7,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

This district did not participate in data collection in 2009 or 2015.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearDistrict of ColumbiaUS
201111.115.8
201314.817.0
201715.717.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201127.1,13.8
201327.7,15.2
201728.4,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011. This district did not participate in data collection in 2015.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearDistrict of ColumbiaUS
201127.113.8
201327.715.2
201728.415.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

20118.5,5.7
20138.6,6.6
201711.5,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Data for this indicator are not available before 2011. This district did not participate in data collection in 2015.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearDistrict of ColumbiaUS
20118.55.7
20138.66.6
201711.57.2