State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - District of Columbia

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 5 on or before September D.C. Code Ann. § 38-202
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 30 D.C. Code Ann. § 38-202
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes D.C. Code Ann. § 38-202
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day D.C. Code Ann. § 38-2807
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 6 hours per day minimum in grades 1-3. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-A, § 2100
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. D.C. Code Ann. § 38-110 was repealed.
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Readiness evaluations must be administered for all children before entry into kindergarten. D.C. Code Ann. § 38-755.03
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? The Chancellor of the public schools is in charge of tracking and monitoring readiness progress in the early childhood populations and developing a plan for those who are not ready for entry and achievement. D.C. Code Ann. § 38-755.03
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? School readiness is defined as, "a child’s mastery of approved early-learning standards in language and literacy, mathematical thinking, social and emotional development, scientific inquiry, social studies, approaches to learning, and health." D.C. Code Ann. § 38-271.01
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Readiness evaluation must be administered in grades K-3 to measures a student’s reading and mathematics readiness for the next grade. D.C. Code Ann. 38-755.03
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are available in K-3 and may include: summer school programs for students that have been previously retained. D.C. Code Ann. 38-781.05
Is there a third grade retention policy? Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. D.C. Code Ann. 38-1803.21, 38-755.03
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental notification is required. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-E, § 2200
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social-emotional development is included as part of the state definition of school readiness and is included as a domain in the Early Learning Standards, which include K-3. D.C. Code Ann. § 38-271.01

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