SEATTLE -- The head of the largest national teachers union is in Washington this week to visit schools that have successfully reinvented themselves. National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel says the state shines at education reform because it involves teachers in the process.

He says he came to Washington to celebrate American Education Week because he s heard from many people about the work being done in the state and he wanted to see for himself.

On Monday he visited schools in Marysville and Seattle and on Tuesday he planned to stop by two other Seattle schools.

State education officials say of the 10 high-poverty, low-achieving schools that transformed themselves with federal school improvement grants, 76 percent showed improvement in reading proficiency and 96 percent improved in math. Another 17 schools are still working on their transformations.

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