Quality Counts 2020: Grading the States

As the 2020-21 school year opens amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption, this third and final installment of Quality Counts 2020 delivers a data-driven portrait of the nation’s school system along with A-F grades and rankings for each state on a wide range of academic, school finance, and socioeconomic indicators.

Also in this report: an exclusive Coronavirus Learning Loss Risk Index using recent U.S. Census Bureau data to weigh states’ educational vulnerability in key areas, in addition to the first full update of Quality Counts’ K-12 Achievement Index since 2018.

To catch up on the first installment of Quality Counts 2020 (“Chance for Success”) click here. For the second installment (“School Finance”) click here.

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The final installment of Quality Counts 2020 offers long-range perspective and analysis of current data from the EdWeek Research Center as school leaders work to reopen K-12 safely and efficiently amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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