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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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Hoping to break down bureaucracy, use tax dollars more efficiently, and provide a central resource for parents, Washington state has created a new agency to oversee a variety of programs that serve its young children.
April 26, 2006 – Education Week
Sophomores who take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning this week will be the first who must pass the state exam to graduate.
April 19, 2006 – Education Week
Shrinking enrollments and tight budgets are forcing urban education leaders around the country to close schools and shift thousands of students to different campuses next school year.
March 15, 2006 – Education Week
Washington state officials are beginning to distribute model assessments to help districts meet a new mandate for gauging what students know and are able to do in social studies, at a time when other states are abandoning tests in the subject.
November 30, 2005 – Education Week
School funding staged a surprising comeback in Washington state’s 2005 legislative session, considering that just last fall, voters resoundingly rejected a ballot initiative that sought new money to pay for a raft of education improvements.
May 25, 2005 – Education Week
Educators in Washington state and a Naperville, Illinois-based nonprofit group are teaming up to solve a daunting problem: how to craft individualized learning plans for thousands of students who are off track for passing the state’s 10th grade test, which is required for high school graduation starting with the class of 2008.
February 16, 2005 – Education Week
While the Washington state superintendent’s race was the most closely watched nationally, incumbents swept races in three more of the five states electing schools chiefs this year. Includes table of results of five races.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week
Voters showed caution about sending more money to public schools or dramatically changing course on education policy, as they decided school-related questions on state ballots last week.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week
Nationwide, five states will hold elections for the top education post on Nov. 2. A total of 14 states elect their schools chiefs.
October 13, 2004 – Education Week
A reawakened Mount St. Helens is not the only source of tremors in Washington state these days. Education issues that figure in the Nov. 2 general election are stirring up the electorate with an energy the state hasn’t seen in years.
October 13, 2004 – Education Week

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