Student Achievement Collection

Quality Counts

Quality Counts is Education Week’s annual report card grading the nation and the states on their performance in K-12 education.

Since 1997, Quality Counts has provided the critical indicators that educators, policymakers, and the general public need to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the education systems that serve our nation’s students.

Beginning in 2018, the report card has been published in three annual installments based on exclusive data from the EdWeek Research Center.

  • The January installment features grades on the Chance-for-Success Index.
  • In June, the report card examines state-by-state results in school finance.
  • The September publication focuses on the K-12 Achievement Index and provides overall grades.

We won’t be publishing a January 2022 installment due to the pandemic’s impact on data collection for the federal databases on which the grading relies.

Please check back for information on future installments. You can also access our archive of previous reports below.

Illustration of students reading with pie chart.
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Illustration of school building and dollar symbol
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A student passes through security at the beginning of the school day at Christian Fenger High School in Chicago.
A student passes through security at the beginning of the school day at Christian Fenger High School in Chicago.
Peter Hoffman for Education Week