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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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Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 20, 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.
January 7, 2016 – 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.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Newer efforts to bring families of minority students into the classroom are eye-opening for both parents and teachers.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Though the main sticking points, wages and work hours, are familiar, policies on teacher evaluation and discipline also remain contested.
September 16, 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 16, 2015 – Education Week
Tensions remain among legislators as they seek to hammer out a school funding plan amid $100,000 a day in court-ordered sanctions.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week
The Bethel, Wash., district expects to save between $500,000 to $800,000 over 10 years by switching from commercial to open resources, which teachers are trying to master.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
The Grandview, Wash., school system has made an unusually ambitious move to replace its entire Pre-K-10 math and English/language arts curricula with open resources.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week

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