In 2012, racial/ethnic group disparities in meeting 10th grade standards were most dramatic for reading proficiency, ranging from 61% to 94%.
Education is widely regarded as the great leveler, an “intervention” that pays off in higher wages and better health. But we know now that timing is crucial. Providing quality education before age 5 creates a powerful domino effect, yielding sustained benefits to individuals and society at large.
Washington State’s High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) measure basic reading and writing skills. To graduate in 2013, students must pass these exams plus end-of-course (EOC) exams in math; starting in 2015, graduates will also have to pass an EOC exam in biology.
In the 2011-2012 school year, 81.3% of Washington State 10th graders met the state reading standard and 85.4% met writing standards. In King County, the proportion of 10th graders who met standards in reading and writing varied by race/ethnicity.
- Disparities were most dramatic for reading scores.
- American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students were least likely to meet 10th grade reading standards.