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Governor:Jay Inslee
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Chris Reykdal
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,073,638
Number of school districts:322
Number of public schools:2,428
Number of public school teachers:59,555
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,202
Percent minority students:42.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:45.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.4%
Percent of English-language learners:10.0%
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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Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.
July 16, 2018 – AP
A Seattle partnership between researchers and practitioners is using a continuous improvement approach to improve outcomes for students making the rocky transition from 8th to 9th grades.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Through a communitywide plan, the Tacoma, Wash., district has cleared hurdles that have stymied some other school systems' efforts to implement social-emotional learning.
March 20, 2018 – Education Week
Lawmakers around the country are wrestling not only with how much money states should be be providing in school aid but how it should be distributed.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
The revelations about District of Columbia schools have unleashed a wave of questions about the pressures and incentives built into U.S. high schools, and fueled nagging doubts that states’ rising high school graduation rates—and the country’s all-time-high rate of 84 percent—aren’t what they seem.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
The uncharacteristic silence of education’s accountability hawks on Washington’s fraudulent graduation rate reveals their partisan blinders, writes Erika Sanzi.
February 8, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
The political maneuvers used by education policy advocates to animate moderate voters over those issues in New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington could provide a script next year when 38 governors and most state legislators are up for election.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
It looks like the long-running and contentious legal fights over school financing in Kansas and in Washington state are coming to a head.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Education aid can account for up to half of a state's budget, and it's a subject of heated debate, especially in places dealing with budget shortfalls and court orders.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week

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