#DCPSRising is Mayor Bowser’s initiative to ensure that DCPS continues to rise with innovative leaders, dedicated teachers, supported parents and an engaged community. This is about the next generation – we want to hear from you about your priorities when it comes to what’s next in education reform.


Laying the Foundation

  • Since the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007, DCPS has experienced tremendous change and growth. Today, DCPS is the fastest improving urban school district in the nation—due in large part to bold and consistent leadership. Serving as Deputy Chancellor and Chancellor during this period of tremendous reform, Kaya Henderson leaves DCPS in good standing.
  • DCPS has seen consistent, annual enrollment growth since Kaya Henderson became Chancellor—growing from 45,000 students in 2010 to nearly 49,000 students this year with continued growth expected.
  • The percentage of high school students who graduated in four years increased by six percentage points, from 58% in 2014 to 64% last year, continuing four years of growth in graduation rates since 2011.
  • Student satisfaction has grown from 65% in 2010 to 83% last year.
  • The foundation has been laid for public education in DC to show that all students can succeed in an urban school district. The District has a strong political structure, unmatched fiscal stability, teachers who are dedicated to student learning, parents who push for the best in their neighborhood and citywide schools, and students who are eager to learn and deserve a fair shot. With historic investments in teachers, programming, and school buildings, Mayor Bowser and District leaders remain committed to public education reform.