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Data on local teachers shows where they rank versus statewide peers

Sunnyside School District teachers received an average salary of $52,530 in the 2010-2011 school year, according to OSPI, compared to $49,210 in Grandview or $51,234 in Mabton.

Those numbers are all lower than the state average salary for teachers of $56,436 a year. In this area, Yakima School District teachers average the highest salaries at $58,389 annually.

This information is available online through a new OSPI database that contains information collected from school districts around Washington state.

Data currently available includes stats on teacher salaries, district finances and the technology available to students. The goal is to include information ranging from student test scores and demographics to the types of facilities available in each district.

Information on teachers also includes the percentage of teachers with a Master's degree or higher. The state average is 40.6 percent. Sunnyside comes in lower at 36.8 percent. Grandview is at 35.8 percent and Mabton is close to the state average at 39 percent.

In the area, Zillah has the highest percentage of teachers with advanced degrees at 48 percent. Granger has the lowest at 29.2 percent.

The average experience a teacher in the state has is 8.4 years in the classroom. In Sunnyside teachers have an average of 7.1 years, Grandview teachers only 7 years. Mabton has a relatively high level of experience with an average of 7.8 years in the classroom.

Bickleton teachers tend to have the highest average experience in this area with 11.5 years, but Yakima and Zillah aren't far behind with 9.5 years and 9.4 years, respectively. Teachers in Granger have the least average experience in the Yakima Valley with only 6.4 years.

The information is freely available to the public online at http://data.k12.wa.us:9990/PublicDWP. Data is collected from school districts as required by state and federal laws and in order to determine the funding the districts receive.

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