Rhode Island Earns a B-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 11th 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, Rhode Island finishes 11th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 79.7 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, Rhode Island earns a B-minus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 17th. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, Rhode Island receives a B-plus and ranks fifth. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 23rd with a grade of C-minus. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.
Rhode Island’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, Rhode Island finishes with a B compared with a national average of D-minus. Rhode Island ranks eighth in the nation in this area.
On the equity measures, Rhode Island receives a B-plus, which places it 23rd in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.
Vol. 37, Issue 17