California Earns a C on Chance-for-Success Index, Ranks 36th in Nation
An Education Week State Highlight Report
Quality Counts reports state grades for educational performance in three installments. The January installment provides results on the Chance-for-Success Index, one-third of a state’s overall grade. In June, Education Week publishes the second installment, focusing on school finance. The September publication features the K-12 Achievement Index and overall grades. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report.
Chance for Success
The Education Week Research Center developed the Chance-for-Success Index to better understand the role that education plays in promoting positive outcomes across an individual’s lifetime. Based on an original state-by-state analysis, this index combines information from 13 indicators that span a person’s life from cradle to career. Those indicators fall into three sub-sections: early foundations, school years, and adult outcomes.
Diving into the findings, California earns a C in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 36th. The average state earns a C-plus.
For early foundations, which examines factors that help children get off to a good start, California earns a C and ranks 49th. The average state posts a B.
California receives a C for the school years, a sub-category focusing on metrics related to pre-k enrollment through postsecondary participation. It finishes 30th in the nation in this area. By comparison, the nation as a whole earns a C-plus.
In the area of adult outcomes, based on postsecondary educational attainment and workforce indicators, California’s grade is a C-plus. It ranks 27th in the nation. The national average is a C-plus.
Vol. 38, Issue 18