Fall enrollment in D.C. public charter schools jumped 8 percent compared to the previous year, education officials announced Monday.

D.C. State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley said that auditors verified 31,562 students in the independently operated charter schools as of fall 2011, up from 29,356 in fall 2010.

Enrollment in D.C. Public Schools, the city’s school system, fell slightly, to 45,191 in 2011 from 45,630 the year before, according to Mahaley. That amounted to a 1 percent decline.

In all, charter students now account for 41 percent of total D.C. public enrollment.