Grading the states on their efforts to improve public education has been a hallmark of Quality Counts since it was launched by Education Week in 1997.
Grading is a useful way to help readers get their heads around a very large amount of information—more than 150 different data points. That said, we intend the grades to be the beginning of a meaningful conversation about education and public policy, certainly not the final word.
Tell us what you think about the report, the grading, or the revised teaching and finance categories.
A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.