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OSPI Releases Data on College Enrollment and Remediation

OLYMPIA — June 2, 2016 — The number of students attending college, and the number of students who need remedial courses, is crucial information for educators to have.

Analytics released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction with data from the Education Research & Data Center (ERDC) provide that information in detail. The data include, for the years 2011-14:

  • Number of high school graduates enrolled in 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities for in state and out of state, public, private;
  • Enrollment rates by ethnicity, low income, and other groupings; and
  • Remediation rates for Math and English.

For example, the data show that three out of five Washington state graduates in 2014 went on to college.

“The vision of OSPI is simple: ‘Every student ready for career, college and life,’” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “We need to know who’s attending college and whether those students are ready. That helps us better understand how the K-12 system is preparing our students, and what we might need to change to help all students be more successful.”

OSPI is taking a closer look at key performance indicators that lead to student success. The data sets will help school districts identify opportunities to improve equity between student groups and learn from each other about what works.

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School districts can use the analytics tool to compare themselves to the state numbers and to other districts with similar demographics, paying close attention to student groups that may be struggling.

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About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
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   Updated 6/2/2016

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