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Quality EducationQUALITY K-12 EDUCATION
The K-12 educational system, public and private, receives consistent accolades for its academic achievements. Test scores rank among the highest in the country. Graduation rates are also very high.

The Inland Northwest has 76 public school districts. Nearly 70 percent of the funding for those districts comes from state sources. Federal funding makes up nearly eight percent.

NORTHERN IDAHO SCHOOLS
The 24 districts in the Idaho’s northernmost counties rank among the tops in the state. Several posted graduation rates considerably higher than the state’s 81 percent rate and the 80.4 percent national average. Student-teacher ratios typically are around 16, but dip as low as nine.

Statewide, students scored high marks in math, reading, and science against their peers nationwide. Eighth grade students scored at or above national averages on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in each of those subjects.

Idaho’s mean SAT score totaled 1079 in 2004. The median grade point average among test takers was 3.48.

EASTERN WASHINGTON SCHOOLS
Students in the 52 districts in Washington’s easternmost counties are at the head of the class. Every county registered graduation rates that exceed state and national average, both of which are 80.4 percent. Students per classroom teacher typically are about 16.5, but drops as low as five.

Three Spokane school districts received Blue Ribbon recognition from national trade magazine Expansion Management. Central Valley School District, Mead School District, and Spokane Public Schools received the publication’s highest honor. Expansion Management also rated Spokane Public Schools among the top 10 small districts in the nation.

Statewide, students demonstrate a high level of proficiency in math, reading, science, and writing. Eighth grade students scored at or above national averages on National Assessment of Educational Progress in each of those subjects.

Washington’s mean SAT score was 1059 in 2004. The median grade point average among test takers was 3.39.

SAT Scores for College Bound Seniors
Verbal Math
Idaho 540 539
Washington 528 531
U.S. 508 518

Sources: The College Board; Idaho State Department of Education; Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; National Center for Education Statistics; U.S. Census Bureau

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