January 4, 2007

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Media Coverage

The Quality of Quality Counts: Response to Education Gadfly Critique
EPE Research Director Chris Swanson responds to criticism of QC07 from the Thomas Fordham B. Foundation's Education Gadfly.

Coverage of Quality Counts 2007
A selection of coverage on QC07 from daily newspapers from around the country.

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Quality Counts is taking a one-year hiatus from including indicators related to either teacher quality or school finance. We invite you to share your thoughts on how future editions of Quality Counts should approach these issues. Got an idea?

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Discussions on the release of Quality Counts 2007: From Cradle to Career

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Quality Counts 2007: From Cradle to Career, January 5, 2007.

Quality Counts 2007: College and Career Readiness, January 10, 2007.

Quality Counts 2007: A Discussion About Early-Childhood Education, January 12, 2007.

The State Highlights Reports assemble important findings in an accessible format that allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance on this year’s indicators. For most indicators, national results are also provided as a benchmark against which state performance can be gauged.
Download a State's Full Report:
The Chance-for-Success Index is based on an original state-by-state analysis, combining information from 13 individual indicators that span an individual's life. This interactive map offers a quick way to examine various indicators and summary data.
Executive Summary
Quality Counts 2007 begins to track state efforts to create seamless education systems from early childhood to the world of work.
Overview: PRE-K-16
Bolstering young people's prospects for success requires stronger links in education from infancy to adulthood.
The Chance-for-Success Index allows states to identify strong and weak links in the typical educational trajectories of their residents.
Table Chance For Success indicators PDF | Excel
Child Well-Being
Reducing the disparities in children's achievement will require reaching beyond the educational system.
Table Childhood Well-Being indicators PDF | Excel
Early Childhood
High-quality early education can help mitigate disparities in school readiness that exist between children of different socioeconomic backgrounds.
The economic benefits of ensuring good early-childhood development are clear. Now it's time to design and implement a system to do it.
Table Early-Childhood Education Indicators PDF | Excel
K-12 Schooling
With its newly developed Achievement Index, Quality Counts 2007 offers another lens on K-12 academic performance across states.
Rethinking the education school could put an end to the age-old argument over whether teaching is a profession or a craft.
Table K-12 Achievement Indicators PDF | Excel
Postsecondary Success
The failure to prepare many young people for higher education is taking a toll on the U.S. rates of college enrollment and completion.
Rethinking the education school could put an end to the age-old argument over whether teaching is a profession or a craft.
Table Postsecondary Education Indicators PDF | Excel
Workforce Readiness
As the job market goes global, propelling more young people to higher levels of educational attainment is now being seen as an economic necessity.
Business, the U.S. education system's prime consumer, sees a need for schools to think outside the traditional K-12 box.
Table Economy and Workforce Indicators PDF | Excel
International Comparisons
The U.S. education system no longer stacks up as favorably as it once did when compared with those of other prosperous countries.
America's international edge in student achievement is slipping, as other countries take education reform to heart.
Table International Perspective Indicators PDF | Excel
State of the States
After a decade of tracking state policies in key areas related to elementary and secondary education, Quality Counts this year significantly broadens its perspective to look at the connections between K-12 education and the other systems with which it intersects.
Table Standards PDF | Excel
Table Assessments PDF | Excel
Table School Accountability PDF | Excel
Quality Counts is produced with support from the Pew Center on the States.

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