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Governor:Jay Inslee
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Randy Dorn
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,058,936
Number of school districts:305
Number of public schools:2,381
Number of public school teachers:54,867
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,672
Percent minority students:40.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.5%
Percent of English-language learners:9.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:46.9%
8th grade math:39.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.4%
8th grade reading:37.4%

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Lawmakers have revamped a state law in hopes it will pass constitutional muster and allow the fledgling charter sector to stay alive.
March 21, 2016 - Education Week
Legislators in Kansas and Washington struggle over how to pump millions of dollars more into K-12 aid to satisfy impatient state supreme courts.
February 23, 2016 - Education Week
Testing issues and states without NCLB waivers are among the topics discussed in some recent the Education Department guidance on transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 8, 2016 - Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 19, 2016 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
December 30, 2015 - Quality Counts
Charter schools in Washington state are fighting to stay open after the state supreme court ruled them unconstitutional, a decision that national advocates worry may lead to ramifications for charters in other states.
December 17, 2015 - Education Week
Newer efforts to bring families of minority students into the classroom are eye-opening for both parents and teachers.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
Though the main sticking points, wages and work hours, are familiar, policies on teacher evaluation and discipline also remain contested.
September 11, 2015 - Education Week
Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum.
September 11, 2015 - Education Week

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