|Public school teachers||52,824|
|Annual pre-K-12 expenditures||$7.4 billion|
|Children in poverty||17%|
|Students with disabilities||11%|
Summary of Grades
Washington scored at or above average in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.
The state receives its only above-average grade in standards and accountability. It fares well on school accountability and on assessment. It has tests aligned with its standards in three of the four core subject areas. But there is room for improvement on its standards, which have not been rated by the American Federation of Teachers as clear, specific, and grounded in content for English above the elementary level or for social studies at any grade span.
Washington scores just below average in teacher quality, doing poorly on indicators related to teacher education and qualifications. The state does not require prospective teachers to have a major or equivalent coursework in the subjects they will teach, nor does it mandate student teaching or other clinical experiences for future teachers. Washington fares somewhat better in the areas of teacher assessments and accountability for teacher quality.
With an average grade in school climate, Washington receives high marks for school safety. But it loses points on some measures of parent involvement. Washington is also one of only 10 states without a charter school law.
Washington posts an average performance on resource equity. Like most states, its wealth-neutrality score indicates that poorer districts tend to receive less per-pupil funding than wealthier districts.
|State Policy Report Card|
|Quality Counts Grading Breakdown|
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.
Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)