Alaska Earns a C on State Report Card, Ranks 23rd in Nation
An Education Week State Highlight Report
The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report.
This year, Alaska finishes 23rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 74.5 out of 100 points and a grade of C. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.
Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, Alaska earns a C in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 44th. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, Alaska receives a B and ranks ninth. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 42nd with a grade of D. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.
Alaska’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric.
The school finance analysis examines two critical aspects of school spending. Of the eight indicators in this category, four assess school spending patterns, while the remaining metrics gauge equity in the distribution of funding across the districts within each state.
Across the spending indicators, Alaska finishes with an A compared with a national average of D-minus. Alaska ranks first in the nation in this area.
On the equity measures, Alaska receives a C, which places it 49th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.
Vol. 37, Issue 17