Utah Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 31st 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, Utah finishes 31st among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 72.4 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, Utah earns a B in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 12th. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, Utah receives a D-minus and ranks 47th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 14th with a grade of C. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.

Utah’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, Utah finishes with an F compared with a national average of D-minus. Utah ranks 51st in the nation in this area.

On the equity measures, Utah receives a B, which places it 36th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.

Vol. 37, Issue 17

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