This week, Education Week will release the first edition of what will be an annual state-by-state report card on public education.
The 240-page analysis, Quality Counts: A Report Card on the Condition of Public Education in the 50 States, assesses and ranks each state on more than 75 indicators, which were selected based on what research suggests makes schools effective. The Pew Charitable Trusts underwrote the report.
Education Week graded each state in four separate categories that most affect student achievement: high academic standards and related assessments, a commitment to high-quality teaching, a school culture that supports teaching and learning, and adequate funding that is distributed equitably and spent wisely. In addition, the report includes 2,500-word summaries of each state’s educational progress and problems.
“We have undertaken Quality Counts to bring together the most recent, most telling data that are comparable among the 50 states,” said Ronald A. Wolk, the publisher of Education Week and the editor of the report. “Our goal is to help people understand how their education system performs in comparison with other states’ and whether it is meeting students’ needs.
“We hope we have provided the American public with the information they need to measure the progress their state has made in education reform,” he said, “while arming them with the knowledge to hold policymakers, educators--and themselves--accountable for the failures and inadequacies of the system.”
The full text of Quality Counts will be available Jan. 16 on the Education Week World Wide Web site at //www.edweek.org/qc/.Education Week subscribers will receive copies next week along with the Jan. 22 issue of the newspaper.