TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOR THE MEDIA
The 21st edition of Quality Counts examines what states and districts are doing to make ready for the Every Student Succeeds Act's implementation, and offers state-by-state grades for how the nation's schools are faring on a range of educational measures.
A year after the Every Student Succeeds Act became law, it remains a work in progress as states, districts, and a shifting cast of federal officials prepare for ESSA's classroom debut in the 2017-18 school year.
The big job of retooling state education systems under ESSA will take staff resources and funding, both of which are still squeezed in states across the country.
Those with a stake in their local schools watch closely to see if their views will be taken seriously by states as required under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
While education professionals around the nation prepare for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, four educators—including a teacher, principal, district leader, and state chief—and a civil rights advocate share their unique perspectives on the new law.
Though it's not a spending measure, the Every Student Succeeds Act contains important new fiscal elements that could be affected by the federal budget debates in Washington.
Here's a concise guide to key school accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, including how states and districts handle teacher evaluation, gauge school progress, and fix their lowest-performing schools.
Educators are still wrestling with what they should add to the mix of indicators to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act’s mandate to go beyond just test scores.
Reporting mandates, new leeway in using federal aid, and the chance to make student absenteeism a school-quality indicator all raise the issue's policy profile.
A limited program built into the Every Student Succeeds Act offers a handful of states the chance to develop innovative assessments, but the process is off to a slow start.
Educators welcome the Every Student Succeeds Act's lighter federal reins on testing, but want to make sure those tests still do what they need to do.
States are all over the map when it comes to how they're looking to approach teacher-evaluation systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Advocates for those with disabilities push to ensure the interests of such students are well-represented in states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans.
Advocates are keeping close tabs on states over concerns about resources, staff, and know-how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's mandates regarding English-language learners.
Learning goals, funding strategies, and support for local districts are top of mind as states plot their prekindergarten course under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
STATE OF THE STATES
Overall, the nation’s schools earn a C on educational performance in the Education Week Research Center’s latest annual report, based on a range of key indicators.
Includes tables on:
• Grading Summary
• Chance for Success
• School Finance
• K-12 Achievement
This interactive map offers a quick way to examine state-by-state grades and summary data. Select a state in the map or sorted list to view details and data.
The Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Reports capture all the data you need to assess each state's performance on key educational outcomes. (National report available as well.)
This grading calculator allows users to adjust Quality Counts category and subcategory weights in one percentage-point increments to generate new user-defined scores.
Quality Counts 2017 includes overall, summative letter grades and scores for each state and the nation. Read how the Education Week Research Center graded the states.