ERIC Number: ED479218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Education Watch: Washington. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This report compares Washington's reading and mathematics performance on the most recent administrations of the state assessment with performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). To indicate how Washington is doing in narrowing the academic achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their white, middle class peers, the report presents NAEP data by race/ethnicity. The report presents other state-level data on K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. In 2001-2002, 66 percent of 4th graders met state standards in reading, with significantly more white than black 4th graders meeting state standards. On the 1998 NAEP, 63 percent of 4th graders performed at the basic level or better, while 29 percent were proficient or above. In 2001-2002, 30 percent of 7th graders met state standards in mathematics, with significantly more white than black 7th graders meeting the standards. Washington did not participate in the the 2000 NAEP 8th grade mathematics assessment. Washington's Latino-white 4th grade reading achievement gap fell 13th among the states on the 1998 NAEP. African Americans and Latinos are underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP) exam taking, while Asian Americans take them at high rates. About 37 percent of Washington's high school students enroll in college, compared to 54 percent nationwide. Over one-quarter of Washington's secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with the highest child poverty rates, and those with the highest minority enrollments, have the fewest state and local dollars to spend per student. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Asian American Students, Black Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 4, Grade 8, Graduation, Hispanic American Students, Mathematics Skills, Minority Group Children, Postsecondary Education, Racial Differences, Reading Skills, State Standards, Student Placement, Teacher Competencies, White Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress