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Quality Counts 2020: Grading the States

Quality Counts 2020

Third Installment: 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.

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Second Installment: School Finance

As it has with every aspect of society, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens K-12 finances to an unprecedented degree. Quality Counts' annual deep dive into schools' fiscal resources takes stock of the challenges district leaders face in navigating the world of tight budgets and funding uncertainty stemming from the pandemic-driven economic downturn, along with lessons from those who have weathered previous financial crises. This second installment of three Quality Counts 2020 reports also provides state-by-state school finance grades and rankings that offer context as those leaders make the tough decisions in the months ahead.

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First Installment: Chance for Success

Geography may not be destiny, but things can look very different depending on what state you live in and what the data say about your lifetime prospects. This first of three Quality Counts 2020 installments evaluates the nation and the states on 13 family, school, and socioeconomic markers, from the early years and K-12, into adulthood and the working world. Look inside for top-to-bottom rankings and state-by-state grades, along with analysis about what’s working, what’s not, and how policymakers can respond.

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Prior Years

2019

2018


2017: Building in ESSA's K-12 Foundation

2016: Called to Account

2015: Preparing to Launch

2014: District Disruption & Revival

2013: Code of Conduct

2012: The Global Challenge

2011: Uncertain Forecast

2010: Fresh Course, Swift Current

2009: Portrait of a Population

2008: Tapping Into Teaching

2007: From Cradle to Career

2006: Quality Counts at 10: A Decade of Standards Based Education

2005: No Small Change, Targeting Money Toward Student Performance

2004: Count Me In: Special Education in an Era of Standards

2003: "If I Can't Learn From You"

2002: Building Blocks for Success

2001: A Better Balance

2000: Who Should Teach?

1999: Rewarding Results, Punishing Failure

1998: The Urban Challenge: Public Education in the 50 States

Quality Counts '97


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