South Dakota Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 39th 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, South Dakota finishes 39th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.7 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, South Dakota earns a B-minus in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 25th. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, South Dakota receives a D-plus and ranks 42nd. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 44th with a grade of D. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.

South Dakota’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, South Dakota finishes with an F compared with a national average of D-minus. South Dakota ranks 41st in the nation in this area.

On the equity measures, South Dakota receives a B, which places it 31st in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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