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Where Washington Stands in Education Today

In light of the McCleary v. Washington decision, and the continuing debate about education reform, the Legislature will certainly spend much of its time debating the state of our schools during this year’s legislative session. This increased attention is welcome, but sometimes the details can become distorted.

Here is a PowerPoint (PDF) that attempts to show where Washington stands in education today. It describes how we measure student success and recent assessment results, the progress we’ve made on accountability and reform, and how we compare to other states in our per-pupil funding.

In summary:

  • Test scores and the graduation rate are improving, but the opportunity gap remains too wide.
  • We have made major progress in recent years in terms of reform.
  • The real crisis is in the area of funding.

We hope this information is helpful. Please contact us if you have questions.

CONTACT:
Kristen Jaudon
Communications Specialist
(360) 725-6032

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