by Hans D. Stroo on January 22, 2015

Achievement gaps in Washington State widened significantly between 2003-2013.

The “achievement gap” refers to difference in educational performance between students based on their socioeconomic, racial, or ethnic characteristics. The data visualization below illustrates how the achievement gap looks in Washington State.

Overall, 64 percent of students were proficient in math and 73 percent were proficient in reading. In both categories, low income students were roughly 13 percent less proficient than the overall population.

Note that Asians were the only group  who met the state’s minimum target for proficiency.