Quality Counts 2018: K-12 Achievement & Chance for Success

A Complex Equation for School Quality

A broad range of factors go into weighing how well the nation’s schools are living up to their responsibility to ensure that students are on track academically and prepared to take their place in a complex, ever-changing society.

This third and final installment of Quality Counts 2018 digs deeply into test scores, high school graduation rates, and other data that focus on the student achievement piece of that picture. In addition, the report analyzes a wealth of socioeconomic and educational data that chart the trajectory toward success in each of the states and for the nation as a whole.

For this year's first installment of Quality Counts on how the nation and states fared on a broad range of K-12 categories, click here. For this year's second installment of Quality Counts on how the nation and states fared on school finance, click here.


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State Highlights Reports

Assess your state's performance in key areas. Click here.

Past Issues

For past issues of Quality Counts, click here.

When it comes to gauging the quality of the nation’s education system, academic achievement and a wide range of non-school factors that affect the opportunity for lifelong success all form part of the picture.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

The nation has made modest improvements in student academic achievement in the past decade, but results among states are uneven, according to a new ranking system.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

State scores come from an Education Week Research Center analysis of education-related opportunities, as well as social and economic conditions.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

The U.S. tests its students more than most nations, but is the deluge of data providing the information schools need?
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

States are concentrating their policy efforts on early-childhood education as well as transitioning young adults from high school to college.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on the K-12 Achievement Index in Quality Counts 2018, along with how they scored on a host of indicators that go into those rankings.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on the Chance for Success Index in Quality Counts 2018, along with how they scored on a host of socioeconomic and other indicators that go into those rankings.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

The Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state's performance, including on school funding and equity. (National report available as well.)
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts

Here's a quick and easy guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the 50-state grades for K-12 achievement and students' chance for success.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

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