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Washington
Washington
Washington Department of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200,
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
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Superintendent of Education
Superintendent Teresa Bergeson, (360) 586-6904
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Edward C. Strozyk, (360) 753-1701
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Edward C. Strozyk, (360) 753-1701

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
775,755 974,504 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,852 2,180 Public schools
38,344 48,307 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
68,192 68,192 Land area in square miles
11.4 14.3 Public school students per square mile
2.7 3.2 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
4,532 5,520 State population (in thousands)
$2,686 $4,784 State revenue per capita
$2,385 $3,958 State expenditure per capita
$569 $825 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$111,563 $152,418 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 296 100% 305 Total public education agencies
100.0% 296 97.0% 296 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 3.0% 9 Regional service agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
0.3% 1 0.3% 1 100 or more schools
4.4% 13 5.6% 17 25 to 99 schools
11.1% 33 12.1% 37 10 to 24 schools
18.9% 56 22.0% 67 5 to 9 schools
65.2% 193 59.3% 181 1 to 4 schools
0.0% 0 0.7% 2 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 1,852 100% 2,180 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
87.5% 1,620 90.3% 1,969 Regular schools
3.3% 62 3.3% 71 Special education schools
0.3% 5 0.4% 8 Vocational schools
8.9% 165 6.1% 132 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
46.3% 858 44.8% 976 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
3.1% 58 2.6% 56 PK, K, 1 to 8
7.7% 142 9.0% 196 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
7.2% 133 5.6% 122 7 to 8, 9
4.5% 84 3.0% 66 7, 8 to 12
14.6% 270 14.5% 316 9, 10, 11 to 12
9.3% 172 11.0% 239 Other grades
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Ungraded
7.3% 135 9.6% 209 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
2,071 5,353 Prekindergarten
64,898 73,577 Kindergarten
68,313 78,077 First
63,718 76,008 Second
61,217 74,718 Third
58,413 74,697 Fourth
58,016 75,883 Fifth
54,536 76,591 Sixth
55,396 76,508 Seventh
54,358 76,033 Eighth
58,149 81,336 Ninth
58,120 75,648 Tenth
60,073 67,840 Eleventh
58,477 62,235 Twelfth
0 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
11.1% Students in special education with IEPs
School membership eligible for free lunch
13.0% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
94.9% 49,873  91.5% 49,862 Regular diploma
0.2% 86 Other diploma
5.1% 2,681 8.3% 4,543 High school equivalency
    Other completers
    Dropouts
        Dropouts who were male
        Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
225.1 276.1 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
33.3% 33.1% Students below basic level
66.7% 66.9% Students at or above basic level
20.9% 26.2% Students at or above proficient level
1.4% 4.0% Students at advanced level
149.6 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  39.2% Students below basic level
  60.8% Students at or above basic level
  26.6% Students at or above proficient level
  2.2% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 68,405 100% 90,345 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
56.1% 38,344 53.5% 48,307 Teachers
7.5% 5,120 10.3% 9,333 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.8% 1,240 2.0% 1,804 Guidance counselors/directors
2.7% 1,820 2.3% 2,068 Librarians/library support
7.3% 5,004 7.6% 6,865 Administrative support
19.9% 13,624 19.6% 17,737 Other support services
        Administrators
3.3% 2,247 2.8% 2,556 School-based
1.5% 1,006 1.9% 1,675 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
1.3 1.1 Teacher to all other staff ratio
11.8 11.4 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$17,208 $23,933 Average beginning teacher salary
$28,217 $37,860 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.2% 1.6% Public school teachers with no degree
69.2% 56.3% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
25.9% 37.5% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
4.7% 4.6% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$38,266 $87,109 National school lunch
$3,610 $18,244 National school breakfast
$60,700 $123,924 Title I
$28,990 $66,646 Education for the handicapped
$15,682 $27,716 Vocational and adult education
$13,365 $30,838 School improvement
$26,849 $23,603 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$2,094 $2,323 Bilingual education
$4,144 $173 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$3,218,732 $6,642,158 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$4,149 $6,816 Revenue per pupil in membership
$3,005,980 $5,587,808 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$3,875 $5,734 Current expenditure per pupil in membership


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