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FOR THE MEDIA
Educators and policymakers seek the right formula to promote achievement and improvement, and the stakes are high for students, teachers, and school districts alike.
With the hands-on federal role in education policy set to scale back, states and districts examine ways to step up with their own approaches.
Education researchers have tracked a flood of changes that swept through states under the 2002 revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, offering a mixed picture.
The Education Week Research Center looks at student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 2003 to 2015, a period overlapping with the No Child Left Behind Act.
Prompted by high-profile calls for detailed information on states’ progress in improving their schools, Education Week stepped up to fill the vacuum with its annual report.
For the annual report's 20th edition, Education Week took a retrospective look at developments, milestones, and trends in American public education chronicled along the way.
Suspension rates, school-climate surveys, and students' social-emotional skills are key factors as a group of California districts looks to evaluate how their schools are doing.
Educators at Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary in Watts take extra steps to assure support for students in a poor neighborhood facing a range of urban challenges.
The Innovation Lab Network aims to connect states that are working to redesign instruction and accountability in ways that can start in districts and grow statewide.
The Bay State's 5-year-old approach to improving low-performing schools sees them as part of a broader educational ecosystem.
STATE OF THE STATES
The annual report's indicators have evolved over the past 20 years, while continuing to shine a bright light on the U.S. educational system.
Includes tables on:
• Grading Summary
• Chance for Success
• School Finance
• K-12 Achievement
This interactive map offers a quick way to examine state-by-state grades and summary data. Select a state in the map or sorted list to view details and data.
This grading calculator allows users to adjust Quality Counts category and subcategory weights in one percentage-point increments to generate new user-defined scores.
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report is a PDF download that captures all the data you need to assess each state's performance on key educational outcomes. (National report available as well.)
For Quality Counts 2016, the Education Week Research Center graded the states in three critical performance and data categories that have been perennial features of the publication's report card.
The Education Week Research Center describes the factors it uses to determine grades given to states and the nation in the areas of "chance for success," "K-12 achievement," and "school finance."