North Carolina Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 40th in Nation

An Education Week State 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.

State Overview

This year, North Carolina finishes 40th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.6 out of 100 points and a grade of C-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.

Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, North Carolina earns a C-plus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 31st. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, North Carolina receives a D and ranks 45th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 33rd with a grade of D-plus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.

North Carolina’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. 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, North Carolina finishes with an F compared with a national average of D-minus. North Carolina ranks 48th in the nation in this area.

On the equity measures, North Carolina receives a B-plus, which places it 15th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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