Quality Counts

Quality Counts is Education Week's annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education.


Quality Counts 2018: Grading the States

Quality Counts 2019

First Installment: Chance for Success

Which states do best job in assuring bright prospects for success over the course of a lifetime? The Quality Counts Chance-for-Success Index offers detailed answers.

Second Installment: School Finance

The second installment of Education Week’s annual Quality Counts series examines how much the nation and the states spend on public schools and how fairly that money is spread around.

Third Installment: Grading the States

The annual Quality Counts report card ranks states based on dozens of factors that affect the quality of state school systems, including school finance, academic achievement, and socioeconomic indicators.

From the report:



Prior Years

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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Who's on top and who lags behind when it comes to the nation's K-12 school systems—and why?
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a D-plus, scored low on the Chance for Success Index, which tracks a host of socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The Garden State, which earned a B-Plus, took the top spot in part because of a strong performance on financial indicators that can affect school quality.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a B-plus, led the nation in K-12 achievement rankings and outperformed other states in several key academic indicators, but fell short on funding equity.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a B, is one of the nation’s wealthiest and turned in strong performances in the school finance arena and in areas such as preschool and kindergarten enrollment.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a B, saw its educational strength buoyed by strong performance in areas that measure socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a B, topped the nation in family income and was third-highest in parental education levels, both factors that can affect the educational environment, but was near the bottom nationally on funding equity.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a D-plus, ranked bottom of the nation in both 4th grade math and 8th grade math, and scored low on socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a D-plus, has struggled with school finance issues and endured teacher strikes and battles over pay, but also earned B-plus for funding equity.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
The state, which earned a D-plus, was weak on socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment, and also in the school finance area.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts

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