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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Tom Corbett
Secretary of Education:Ron Tomalis
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,793,284
Number of school districts:690
Number of public schools:3,233
Number of public school teachers:129,911
Unadjusted education spending per student:$12,729
Percent minority students:28.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:16.5%
Percent of English-language learners:2.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:44.5%
8th grade math:41.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.1%
8th grade reading:42.0%

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