Avg. test scores 35%
High school dipl. 5%
Bachelors degree 83%
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Washington school information

IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Average Test Scores31%31%48%
Student/Teacher ratio13:113:116:1
Total public schools20820879,221
Total private schools878724,874
Total post-secondary schools38387,963

Key findings

  • The school test scores in Washington are 35% lower than the national average
  • There are approximately 208 public schools in Washington
  • 88.2% of people in Washington have completed 8th grade
  • 87.4% of people in Washington have completed high school
  • 55.4% of people in Washington have completed a bachelors degree

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      Education level achieved in Washington

      IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
      Completed 8th grade88.2%88.2%84.3%
      Completed high school87.4%87.4%83.0%
      Completed some college71.9%71.9%59.4%
      Completed associate degree58.5%58.5%38.5%
      Completed bachelors55.4%55.4%30.3%
      Completed masters32.0%32.0%11.5%
      Completed professional degree12.5%12.5%3.3%
      Completed doctorate4.1%4.1%1.3%

      Washington, DC School Districts

      • District of Columbia Public Schools

      There are a total of 208 public schools, 87 private schools and 38 post-secondary schools in Washington. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Washington, DC schools is 31%. The average student to teacher ratio is 13:1. In Washington, DC, an average of 88.2% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 87.4% have completed high school.

      Nearby cities with high average school scores

      CityPopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
      McLean, VA48,86795%96.6%
      Burke, VA42,29090%86.3%
      Vienna, VA16,37888%82.9%
      Rose Hill, VA20,96885%75.6%
      Lorton, VA20,17384%74.6%
      Washington, DC659,00931%35.1%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
      Boston, MA658,27933%32.1%
      Memphis, TN655,85721%56.5%
      Seattle, WA668,84960%24.6%
      Nashville, TN643,77126%45.1%
      El Paso, TX678,05850%3.2%
      Washington, DC659,00931%35.1%
      Source: The Washington, DC education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.