Three out of five Washington students who graduated in 2014 went on to college within one year, and of that group, about a third needed at least one remedial math or English course, according to data released last week by the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The state’s post-secondary enrollment numbers have remained steady since 2011. Those numbers include high school graduates who attend two- or four-year colleges and universities, as well as apprenticeship or certificate programs, within one year of graduation.
Eighteen school districts in the Puget Sound region had enrollment percentages higher than the state average.
In Pierce County, Orting scored lowest for number of students who went on to college within one year, at 37 percent. Steilacoom scored highest at 77 percent.
Across the state, white and black students enrolled in college at about the same rate, at 61 and 62 percent. Asian students had the highest percentage, at 80 percent. Fifty-one percent of Hispanic/Latino students and 43 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students enrolled. Sixty-six percent of females enrolled in college, 10 percentage points higher than males.
The state superintendent’s data also includes the rate of students taking math and English remediation classes, designed to help those who aren’t ready for introductory courses. They don’t count toward graduation requirements. Math remediation rates decreased by 5 percentage points from 2011 to 2014 and English remediation rates decreased by 3 percentage points from 2011 to 2014.
The News Tribune contributed to this report.