Washington has scored among the lowest in the nation for its large gap between the rich and the poor per kids' performance in school.

The low income kids in schools do OK when compared to poor kids in other parts of the country, but they test horribly compared to the higher income kids.

The high performance of the upper-income students pulls our state average up, giving Washington a good score on test performance nationally, but that national ranking is hiding the rich-poor gap.

Federal education experts say there shouldn't be a gap at all. All schools should be giving equal opportunity to all kids, so the differences should be in individual talent and performance, not on how much money their parents make. Advocates want the state to do more to address the disparity.

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