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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
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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A special session over how to pay for basic education bares partisan divides over tax policy and questions about the fallout for districts and unions.
May 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 15, 2015 – Education Week
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 15, 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
A partnership between a Tacoma, Wash., elementary school and the local housing authority shows promise for driving down high rates of student mobility.
December 10, 2014 – Education Week
December 3, 2014 – Education Week
Districts could boost their ability to hire more effective teachers who stay on the job longer by improving their screening techniques, a newly released working paper concludes.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week

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