DCPS Interactive Data Center

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

There could be one of three general issues happening.

  1. It may take some time for the dashboard to display, especially during heavy traffic. Wait 5-10 seconds to see if a circle appears, which indicates that the dashboard is loading.
  2. Due to current system limitations, the DCPS Interactive Data Center is only visible in Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. If you are using Chrome, you may need to give permission for your browser to access the dashboard. If you are unsure how to do this, watch the short video tutorial “Learn How to Use the Data Center.”
  3. Filters may be preventing proper display. See dashboard-specific filter responses or view dashboard-specific video tutorials, which demonstrate filter use.
Unfortunately, there is not an option to print a PDF with the information that appears in a pop-up. If your web browser supports it, you can take a screen shot of the dashboard with pop-ups or simply print the view without pop-ups.
Click on a blank space within the graph or table - this will restore the original view.

Enrollment & Funding Dashboard

Check the filters to the right of the map. The map can only display what you ask it to using these filters. For example, if you filter to only view elementary schools and then want to select Anacostia HS, the map will not display anything, because Anacostia HS is not within the first filter (elementary schools) you selected. If you do not want a filter to be active, make sure to set it back to “All”.
This dashboard is divided into three different views, called storyboards, of student enrollment and school funding in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). The goal is to first provide an overview of enrollment and funding for all schools. This is why the filters reset with each storyboard. Unfortunately, there is no way to make filters carry over from view to view. You will have to select new filters each time.

Personnel & Non-Personnel Dashboard

This is because students can be counted in more than one category. For instance, a student could be receiving special education services and be certified as eligible for Free and Reduced Meals (FARM).

We are very excited about the different ways we will be able to display data and allow the public to explore what is happening at DCPS.

However, in order to convey clear and accessible information we do have to limit what can be displayed in a single dashboard. In this case, the goal is to view how a single school compares against similar schools as defined by school type. Do you have a specific topic you would like to see? Click on “Submit Feedback” under “Contact Us” and we will take your data interest into consideration as we plan for the creation of future dashboards.

This graph lists student data in a specific numerical order. In order for the numbers to appear correctly, the data has been sorted a certain way. If you click on the small bar graph image, it will change the sort order. If this occurs, refresh your browser and the numbers will automatically revert to the proper display.

The percent of FARM students shown on the Data Center dashboards are for students that are directly certified as FARM. The inclusion of homeless/foster and 1+ years behind grade level are directly from the Fair Student Funding Act. These are two of the three categories that can determine the amount of at-risk students in a school. The third category is the number of students who qualify for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), however that number is gathered by other DC agencies. Students who are directly certified for free meals as a result of receiving food through a federal welfare program is a proxy indicator (something that can be used to address levels of student poverty instead of TANF or SNAP eligibility) and one that DCPS independently gathers.

The FARM percentages on the school scorecards show the percent of students that actually receive free or reduced-price meals, which is a larger group than only students that are directly certified. The biggest driver of the difference in numbers is probably schools that are Provision 2 or Provision 4 (see below). Another distinction is that a non-directly certified student can still submit a FARM app at a standard operating school and may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

In Provision 2 schools, all students receive free lunch without submitting an application every year. Schools are certified for Provision 2 based on a previous high free and reduced rate as determined by the school district. At these schools, students must submit a free and reduced-price meal application once every four years. As of the 2013-14 school year, all students in Provision 2 schools are listed as "Free" after the school’s base year (the first year that the school was classified as Provision 2). In the school’s base year, as well as in data sets prior to the 2013-14 school year, a student’s status is informed by his/her application. School year 2009-10 was the first year that DCPS had Provision 2 schools.

Provision 4 schools, all students eat lunch for free without submitting an application. Schools are certified for Provision 4 status if 40 percent or more of the students are directly certified for free meals via WIC, TANF, etc. As of the 2013-14 school year, all students in Provision 4 schools are listed as "Free”. Prior to 2013-14, only students who were directly certified for free meals are listed as “Free”. School year 2012-13 is the first year that DCPS had Provision 4 schools.

Historical Comparisons Dashboard

The ability to search data on student enrollment and school funding from multiple years means pulling data from different sources. Since the computer is conducting a search through this data, it can only show results that match exactly what you type.

Type “DCPS” to see all schools.

For Wards, type only the number of the Ward. In this dashboard you can only select one Ward at a time. You cannot type 1,2,3 to see Wards 1-3. You can only enter a single digit, like 1 or 2.

To see how to accurately input a school type (elementary, middle, etc.) or a specific school, click on the corresponding tab at the top of the dashboard. These tabs have a full list of the different school types and school names.

Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the dashboard. You are able to see the school types and school names as an image (or picture) rather than words that can be copied and pasted. You need to type the name directly into the filter.

Fiscal Year 2015 School Comparisons

No, nothing is wrong with your dashboard.

If you go to the "Comparing Non-Personnel Services" portion of the dashboard you will notice that the entire view is filled. In order for you to see the Non-Personnel Services view, we needed to make the other pages a little bigger as well.

We worked to make sure that all schools within the same school type (elementary schools, education campus, etc.) would all have different colors. If you are comparing an elementary school and a high school they may appear with the same color. However, if you are comparing two elementary schools and you have the same colors please provide us with that feedback so that we can correct it.
Is the same school selected in both dropdown boxes? This dashboard is meant to compare two different schools. So if you have Anacostia HS selected in both dropdowns the view will not appear accurately. Simply select a new school (or schools) to compare and the view will correct itself.