THIS FALL, Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, released Waiting for Superman. The documentary details the disastrous condition of public education in the U.S., particularly in urban areas. But a study issued by the University of Washington in September reveals that the situation is also bleak throughout the Evergreen State.
Percentage of Washington public school students who graduate from high school
Percent of those graduates who attended in-state two-and four-year colleges but enrolled in remedial math and English classes
Percent of Washington’s minority students considered proficient in math and science
Washington’s rank among 36 states in the Race to the Top competition, which awarded federal dollars to public school systems demonstrating a history of reform and progress
Percent of Seattleites who send their children to private schools, twice as many as the national average