Grading the States: Securing Progress, Striving to Improve
State of the States
The 13th annual edition of Education Week ’s Quality Counts continues to track state policies across key areas of education and maintains the cradle-to-career framework launched two years ago. With English-language learners as its special theme, Quality Counts 2009 for the first time details state policies to support this diverse group of students. It also provides a 50-state update on policies and conditions in three of the areas monitored by the report on an ongoing basis: the Chance-for-Success Index, transitions and alignment policies, and school finance.
Much of the state-by-state information comes from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center’s annual state policy survey. (For more information see "Methodology." ) Other indicators were gathered from a variety of sources, including the Common Core of Data and other National Center for Education Statistics databases, Consolidated State Performance Reports submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, George Washington University’s Center for Equity and Excellence in Education, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, state education budgets, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
In past years, Quality Counts has provided an annual update of state policies in several key areas: standards, assessment, and accountability; transitions and alignment; and the teaching profession. The report’s framework also includes three categories of indicators based on original data analysis—Chance for Success, an index created by the EPE Research Center; K-12...
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