Quality Counts 2018: Report and Rankings

A Report Card for States and the Nation on K-12 Education

Education Week’s annual state-by-state assessment of public education paints a portrait of middling performance overall with patches of high achievement, along with perennial struggles to improve on the part of states mired at the bottom. This is the first of three data-driven Quality Counts packages this year exploring distinct aspects of the performance of America’s public schools.

For our second installment of Quality Counts on the nation’s school finance performance, click here. For our third and final installment of Quality Counts 2018 on how states rank on academic achievement and on students' chance for success, click here.

Quality Counts 2018


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State Highlights Reports

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The 22nd edition of Education Week's annual top-to-bottom ranking of the nation's schools offers is the first of three Quality Counts reports this year that will a fresh take on the state-by-state data and insightful reporting.
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The C grade on this year's Quality Counts report continues years of flat performance as states begin to grapple with the challenges and opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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Every year, Education Week grades school systems in states and the U.S. on key indicators. Dig into those scores with this interactive map, table, and top-to-bottom rankings.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week

States need to take bold steps to create a more conducive climate for school improvement in the nation as a whole to get off the track of mediocrity, researchers, analysts, and educators say.
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What lessons can states that perform well on Quality Counts annual rankings offer other states looking to move the needle?
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Chronically low-performing states must work to overcome structural disadvantages and longstanding challenges that many of them share.
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The updated Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state's performance. (National report available as well.)
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How does the Education Week Research Center determine the grades given to states and the nation in the 2018 Quality Counts report? Learn more about the report's grading scale, methodology, and sources.
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