Waiting for a Super Washingtonian

October 11, 2010 Published in the November 2010 issue of Seattle Met

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

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