The third and final installment of “Quality Counts 2019” offers a comprehensive report card on the nation’s K-12 system, including A-F grades and rankings for each of the states based on a wide range of academic, school finance, and socioeconomic factors. The report, based on analysis by the Education Week Research Center, sums up how well the nation and the states do on assuring bright prospects for success over the course of a lifetime; how much they spend on schools and how fairly that money is distributed; and the outcomes reflected by indicators such as test scores and graduation rates. To catch up on the first installment of Quality Counts 2019, click here. For the second installment, click here.
- States The Nation's Schools: A Bird's-Eye ViewWho's on top and who lags behind when it comes to the nation's K-12 school systems—and why?Accountability In National Ranking of School Systems, a New State Is On TopThe 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.Assessment Boosting School Quality Remains a Slog for States, NationThe nation's C grade on this year's final Quality Counts report card is another sign that pursuing educational progress remains slow and challenging for many states.States Data: Mapping the States on This Year's Quality CountsA map of this year's final state scores on the annual Quality Counts report card shows states ranging from a pair of rare B-pluses to a low of D.States State Grades on K-12 Achievement: Map and RankingsExamine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on the K-12 Achievement Index in Quality Counts 2019, along with how they scored on a host of indicators that go into those rankings.States From Our Research Center Quality Counts 2019: State and National Highlights ReportsThe Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state’s performance.States Grading Scale and Methodology: How We Graded the StatesHere's a quick and easy guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the 50-state grades for this year's Quality Counts.States Sources and Notes: How We Graded the StatesHow does the Education Week Research Center determine the grades given to states and the nation in the 2019 Quality Counts report? Learn more about the report's grading scale, methodology, and sources.High AchieversStates New Jersey Ranks First on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Massachusetts Ranks Second on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Connecticut Ranks Third on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Maryland Ranks Fourth on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.New Hampshire Ranks Fifth on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Confronting ChallengesAssessment Mississippi Ranks 47th on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Louisiana Ranks 48th on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Oklahoma Ranks 49th on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe 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.Nevada Ranks 50th on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe state, which earned a D-plus, was weak on socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment, and also in the school finance area.New Mexico Ranks Last in Nation on Quality Counts Annual Report CardThe state, which earned a D, was at the bottom on socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment, but earned a B-plus on how equitably it spends its K-12 dollars.