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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:John Hickenlooper
Commissioner of Education:Robert Hammond
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:843,316
Number of school districts:181
Number of public schools:1,796
Number of public school teachers:48,543
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,926
Percent minority students:43.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:39.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.0%
Percent of English-language learners:11.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:49.9%
8th grade math:41.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.6%
8th grade reading:39.8%

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