Equity Tracker - Economy: Education [DRAFT]

Last Updated: 
Aug 3, 2018

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Kindergarten Readiness [DRAFT]

Kindergarten readiness is an important and early predictor of high school graduation. Recognizing the effectiveness and importance of the first five years of life, there have been recent efforts to strengthen early childhood programs in Washington state and the region. Readiness for incoming kindergarteners in Washington is assessed across six domains: social emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy and math.


Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Report Card Kindergarten Readiness for 2019-20.


Insights and Analysis [DRAFT]

  • 56% of children entering kindergarten in 2019 were fully prepared to learn.
  • In the last decade, the proportion of students with access to more opportunity+ who are prepared to learn has increased, while the proportion of those with access to less opportunity has not++.
  • Of students with access to less opportunity ++, 37% were fully prepared to learn.

+ Based on OSPI data, these numbers reflect students who were classified as: Non-Migrant, Non-English Language Learners, Non-Homeless, Non-Low Income, Students without Disabilities.
++ Based on OSPI data, these numbers reflect students who were classified as: English Language Learners, Homeless, Low-Income, Migrant, Students with Disabilities.


Educational Attainment [DRAFT]

The Central Puget Sound Region is among the most educated in the nation with 41% of residents over the age of 25 holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. An individual’s educational attainment is an important predictor of economic success.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) 2019 One-Year Estimates.
Note: These educational attainment rates are calculated based on the region’s population 25 years or older, consistent with many of the standard products published by the Census Bureau.


Insights and Analysis [DRAFT]

  • 41% of the region’s People of Color hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. The range is between 23% in Pierce County and 48% in King County.
  • 22% of residents in the region’s low-income households have at least a bachelor’s degree, less than half of those in other households.
  • People with disabilities have a lower bachelor’s degree attainment rate (25%) compared to people without disabilities (47%).
  • Adults with children have similar or higher educational attainment rates than those without.