Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter V. Early Childhood Education.


§ 38–755.01. Short title.

This subchapter may be cited as the “Early Childhood Education Act of 2012”.


(June 19, 2012, D.C. Law 19-142, § 501, 59 DCR 3642.)


§ 38–755.02. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Chancellor” means the chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools appointed pursuant to § 38-174.

(2) “DCPS” means the District of Columbia Public Schools established by § 38-171.


(June 19, 2012, D.C. Law 19-142, § 502, 59 DCR 3642.)


§ 38–755.03. Requirements and goals.

(a) To meet the academic achievement requirements and goals set forth in this section, the Chancellor shall:

(1) Establish guidelines for academic achievement;

(2) Develop and implement curricula; and

(3) Ensure that DCPS staff and administrators are trained to implement the curricula established pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection to meet the goals set forth in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The Chancellor shall be responsible for:

(1) Academic achievement goals, which shall include the reasonable expectation that all children:

(A) Three or 4 years of age in DCPS shall be properly prepared for entry and achievement in the DCPS kindergarten program; and

(B) In the 3rd grade, upon being promoted to the 4th grade, shall be able to read independently and to understand the fundamental of mathematics so that they can:

(i) Add;

(ii) Subtract;

(iii) Multiply; and

(iv) Divide; and

(2) Readiness goals, which shall include readiness evaluations for all children:

(A) Three or 4 years of age in DCPS, which shall be designed and implemented to measure the ability of a student entering the DCPS kindergarten program and to determine his or her readiness for entry and achievement in DCPS; and

(B) In kindergarten through 3rd grade in DCPS, which shall be designed and implemented to measure the reading and mathematical ability of a student entering a grade kindergarten through 3rd grade to determine the student’s readiness for entry and achievement in the relevant grade level.


(June 19, 2012, D.C. Law 19-142, § 503, 59 DCR 3642.)


§ 38–755.04. Tracking and monitoring.

The Chancellor shall:

(1) Track and monitor the preparedness of:

(A) The early childhood population of children 3 and 4 years of age to determine the children’s readiness for entry and achievement in DCPS; and

(B) Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade in DCPS to determine their readiness for entry and achievement in the 4th grade;

(2) Develop a plan to address:

(A) The early childhood population of children 3 and 4 years of age who are not ready for entry and achievement in DCPS; and

(B) Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade in DCPS who are not ready for entry and achievement in the 4th grade;

(3) Conduct readiness evaluations annually to ascertain whether:

(A) Children 3 and 4 years of age are prepared for kindergarten; and

(B) Children in the 3rd grade are prepared to be promoted to the 4th grade; and

(4) Submit to the Council and the Mayor, by October 1 of each year:

(A) The results of the readiness evaluations required by paragraph (3) of this section; and

(B) A DCPS annual report for the preceding academic year delineating the progress and readiness of all students.


(June 19, 2012, D.C. Law 19-142, § 504, 59 DCR 3642.)