Benton-Franklin Trends
Benton-Franklin Trends
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WELCOME

With this website, we hope to serve the informational needs of Benton and Franklin Counties. The project's steering committee, composed of leaders from various segments of the two counties, believe that a comprehensive set of facts about our community will help decision-making in both private and public settings.

The indicators have been chosen through a process engaging community leaders with subject experts. They represent our residents' current preferences for what is important to measure, subject to available data sources.


ABOUT US

The Trends of Benton and Franklin Counties, in south central Washington; are presented by a coalition of interested parties. The steering committee included the following organizations: Benton Franklin Health District, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Port of Benton, the Three Rivers Community Foundation, and the Tri-City Herald. The information contained among these many indicators offers residents and visitors alike a comprehensive view of our community.

Our specific goals are to:

  • Inform, based on the best-available data
  • Measure progress
  • Focus community attention on key issues
  • Ultimately, inspire broadly shared action

Our process has been deliberative and inclusive. To arrive at the current set of indicators, we engaged focus groups around eight of the ten categories on the site. This involved nearly 150 community leaders and subject experts. Their votes determined the choices of indicators you see in each category.

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OUR HOME

Benton and Franklin Counties lie in south central Washington. Currently, nearly 275,000 people call the two counties home. The third largest metro area in the state, it has also recently been the fastest-growing one. Major economic activities are agriculture, agricultural manufacturing, research at a national energy laboratory, remediation of nuclear waste, and tourism. The population of the two counties has become increasingly diverse over time. The counties boast Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities. It is also the home of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL performs over $1B per year in research volume. Staff files one invention disclosure per day, and one patent is granted to PNNL per week.

Separated by the Columbia River, the two counties sport different collective personalities but are united around the common goal of making the quality of life here even better.


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FEATURED TREND

4.3.1 Share of Students Meeting Math Standards as Measured by the Smarter Balance Assessment: Public school students in Washington State are no strangers to standardized testing. What is perhaps most unfamiliar is the name these tests are referred to. In recent years, standardized testing has been called the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP), and the High School Proficient Exam (HSPE). Beginning in the spring of the 2014-2015 school year, these students are now required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests in math, as well as one that combines the reading and writing tests. Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) directly reflects the Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by Washington State.
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