New York Earns a B-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks Ninth 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, New York finishes ninth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 80.3 out of 100 points and a grade of B-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.
Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, New York earns a B-minus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 22nd. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, New York receives a B-plus and ranks second. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 27th with a grade of C-minus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.
New York’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, New York finishes with an A-minus compared with a national average of D-minus. New York ranks fifth in the nation in this area.
On the equity measures, New York receives a B-plus, which places it 24th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.
Vol. 37, Issue 17