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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Chris Gregoire
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Randy Dorn
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,043,640
Number of school districts:294
Number of public schools:2,338
Number of public school teachers:53,934
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,497
Percent minority students:37.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.3%
Percent of English-language learners:8.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:48.4%
8th grade math:41.9%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.7%
8th grade reading:41.7%

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The Kent, Wash., district has set up kiosks with Web connectivity across the community, including public-housing complexes, to help students take part in blended learning away from school.
April 13, 2015 - Education Week
A school district in Vancouver, Wash., has recast the duties of librarians to serve as experts in technology and blended learning strategies, capable of training peers on the use of digital tools.
April 13, 2015 - Education Week
Some school districts are testing new approaches to address a common challenge: how to get academic and technology departments to work more closely together.
March 16, 2015 - Education Week
The link between a school system's chief academic officer and school-based leaders must be strong if districts want to turn lofty visions into achievement gains.
March 16, 2015 - Education Week
Current and former chief academic officers talk about the evolving role of the CAO, and the strategies they have used to try to improve teaching and learning.
March 16, 2015 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 2, 2015 - Quality Counts

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