Massachusetts Earns a B-Plus on State Report Card, Ranks First 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, Massachusetts finishes first among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 86.8 out of 100 points and a grade of B-plus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.
Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, Massachusetts earns an A-minus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks first. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, Massachusetts receives a B and ranks 11th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes first with a grade of B. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.
Massachusetts’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, Massachusetts finishes with a B compared with a national average of D-minus. Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation in this area.
On the equity measures, Massachusetts receives a B, which places it 38th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.
Vol. 37, Issue 17