Who We Serve

We work schools that predominantly serve student populations who have experienced persistent historic and current opportunity gaps.

  • 89.6% of students served identify as people of color

  • 59.4% of students served identify as Black or African American

  • 24.6% of students served identify as Hispanic or Latinx

  • 82.3% of students served are eligible for free and reduced price lunch

Measuring Impact

To support our partners in making evidence-based decisions for their students, we are committed to routine impact analyses that go beyond describing changes in student outcomes to estimating the impact participating in Leading Educators had on students.  

  • We have partnered with the RAND corporation to design a rigorous analytic tool that we can use every year. We anticipate being able to share early results in school year 2019-2020.

  • In 2017, we began a federally funded  randomized controlled trial (RCT) to generate gold-standard evidence of impact. Results will be available in 2021.


Since partnering with Leading Educators to expand supports for excellent teaching, DC Public Schools has seen significant gains in ELA and Math proficiency for four consecutive years.

I am proud to see gains across student backgrounds, including socioeconomic status, race, ward, and gender, but we have much more work to do to close achievement and opportunity gaps in our district. Our commitment to equity and excellence will not waver, and we will continue to implement new and innovative supports for our students so they are better prepared for success in college, career, and life.”
— Louis D. Ferebee, DCPS Chancellor