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Key Facts About Washington Public Schools
Last updated 9/2016

P-12 ENROLLMENT (headcount as of October 1, 2015)
(Source: http://www.k12.wa.us/DataAdmin/default.aspx) see “State Level,” “District Level” and “School Level” files. Data typically available in December.

Total Student Enrollment
1,088,959


Category

Number

Percent

American Indian/Alaskan Native

15,714

1.4

Asian

79,450

7.3

Black/African American

47,943

4.4

Hispanic/Latino

243,582

22.4

Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

11,192

1.0

White

610,601

56.1

Two or more races

80,427

7.4

Not provided

50

0.0

Total

1,088,959

100.0

 

 

 

Male

561,532

51.6

Female

527,427

48.4

Total districts
295 + 6 charter schools* + 12 additional jurisdictions (Bates Technical College; Educational Service Districts; Office of the Governor; and Washington Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss)

*In December 2015 the charter schools contracted with Mary Walker School District to provide Alternative Learning Experiences to their students.

Largest district
Seattle (King County) – 53,317 students

Smallest district
Stehekin (Chelan County) – 4 students

Largest school
Chiawana High School (Pasco School District) – 2,626 students

PERSONNEL (2015-16 full-time equivalents)
Source: OSPI research. Data typically available in November.

Total Classroom Teachers
64,323


Teacher demographics

Category

Number

Percent

American Indian/Alaskan Native

461

0.7%

Asian

1,671

2.6

Black/African American

800

1.2

Hispanic/Latino

2,456

3.8

Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

134

0.2

White

57,841

89.9

Two or more races

1,937

1.5

Not provided

23

0.0

Total

64,323

100.0

     

Male

17,532

27.3

Female

46,791

72.7

Elementary teachers
31,881

Secondary teachers
24,982

Classified staff (aides, laborers, service workers, etc.)
37,029

FUNDING

Sources: Financial Reporting Summary, 2014-2015 – Section One: Statewide Average Financial Tables and Charts. Revenues, Table Two (page 3); expenditures, Table Three (page 4). Final data typically available in July. For state and basic and education spending: Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program, 2015-17 Omnibus Operating Budget Overview (page 277). Data typically available after passage of biennial operating budget.

Per pupil expenditures (2014-15)
$10,747.21

Per pupil revenues, by source (2014-15)

Source

Amount

Percent

State

$7,505

68.6

Local Taxes

2,453

22.4

Federal

855

7.8

Other Revenues

124

1.1

Total

10,937

100.0

Percentages do not equal 100.0 because of rounding.

State spending (2015-17 biennium, with 2016 supplement)*
$18.16 billion

Basic education programs* (in billions of dollars)

General Apportionment

$13.24

Special Education

$1.73

Student transportation

$0.93

Levy equalization

$0.73

Learning Assistance Program

$0.45

Compensation adjustment

$0.42

Education reform

$0.24

Transitional Bilingual

$0.24

Other public schools

$0.16

Numbers do not equal total state spending because of rounding.

*Near General Fund-State and Opportunity Pathways Funds

Per-pupil spending, adjusted for regional cost differences, by state, 2013
Source: Editorial Projects in Education, Quality Counts, Table 29 (Subscription needed). Data available in January.

1. Vermont

$18,853

2. Alaska

18,565

3. New York

17,291


US Average

11,667

39. Washington

9,246

 

State Learning Goals

  1. Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences;
  2. Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; and health and fitness;
  3. Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and
  4. Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.


Updated 2011

   Updated 10/3/2016

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