STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Washington's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 69%, Hispanic 13.5%, Black 5.7%, Asian/Pacific Islander 8.1%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 2.6%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Washington Students

  Washington United States
Total Students 1,031,985 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 36.5% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 7.3% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 12.0% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Washington Schools

  Washington United States
Number of Schools 2,275 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 1,383 (65.3%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 112 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 32 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Washington Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $378,758,177; a 51% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approval Pending

Washington Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  99.7% in low poverty schools, 99.2% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.4% in low poverty schools, 96.2% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Washington's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Washington 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 78% 70% 36%
White 82% 76% 41%
Black 66% 53% 21%
Hispanic 62% 51% 18%
Low Income 66% 56% 21%

  Washington 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 67% 77% 34%
White 71% 82% 39%
Black 50% 60% 16%
Hispanic 51% 58% 16%
Low Income 52% 62% 20%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Washington 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 59% 84% 44%
White 66% 90% 51%
Black 36% 63% 17%
Hispanic 36% 68% 19%
Low Income 42% 74% 26%

  Washington 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 51% 75% 36%
White 57% 81% 42%
Black 26% 56% 16%
Hispanic 28% 54% 13%
Low Income 32% 59% 19%

Source: Washington Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

Washington Reading Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 224, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 265, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 223, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored 252, while nationally they scored 265.  In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 220, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored approximately 262, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2002 4th graders scored 225, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 268, while nationally they scored 263.

Washington Math Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 244, while nationally they scored approximately 240; 8th graders scored approximately 285, while nationally they scored 280.  In 2005 4th graders scored 242, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 286, while nationally they scored 278.  In 2003 4th graders scored 238, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 275, while nationally they scored 276.  In 2002 4th graders nationally scored 224; 8th graders nationally scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Washington Students for Success

Washington's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 70.4% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 74.6% for Washington, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Washington Nation
14,862
(24.3%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Washington Students % of Eligible Washington Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 30,340 348 (1.1%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 30,816 221 (0.7%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Washington

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Not Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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