SEATTLE - A citizens' group called the League of Education Voters says Washington state deserves a C-minus average for the way it educates students.
The report card released this week shows the state is losing ground in some areas, including college and career preparation, and student achievement in math, science and engineering.
The report also points out that Washington is one of nine states where the achievement gap between children of different races is growing.
Officials of the education advocacy group say the state needs a stronger commitment to adequately pay for education in Washington and improve the quality of the state's education system.
The group is sending copies of the report to parents, educators and policy makers during the first week of the 2011 Legislature.