Nation Earns a C on Quality Counts Report Card

An Education Week National Highlight Report

| Updated: June 6, 2018
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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.

National Overview

This year, the nation earns an overall score of 74.5 out of 100 points and posts a grade of C on the Quality Counts report card. Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, the nation earns its highest mark—a C-plus—on the Chance-for-Success Index. In School Finance, the average state receives a C, while for the K-12 Achievement Index the nation posts a C-minus.

The nation’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric.

School Finance

The school finance analysis examines two critical aspects of school spending. Overall, the top state in school finance is Wyoming, with a score of 91.4 and a letter grade of A-minus. At the other end of the spectrum, Idaho receives the lowest score at 59.7, a D-minus.

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 first with an A and a score of 96.4. Utah receives the lowest score at 37.5, an F.

On the equity measures, Florida’s score of 92.4 tops the nation and results in an A-minus. Alaska records a C and a score of 73.6, the lowest in the nation.

The District of Columbia and Hawaii do not receive finance grades because they are single-district jurisdictions.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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