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Facts at a Glance
|Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.|
|Superintendent of Public Instruction:||Randy Dorn|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C|
|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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By accepting two appeals on the voluntary use of race in assigning students to public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide the constitutionality of widespread practices that school districts use to promote diversity. And the decision could affect schools in unforeseen ways.
June 13, 2006 - 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 15, 2005 - 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 12, 2004 - Education Week