Special Report
Quality Counts

Quality Counts 2020: Grading the States

September 2, 2020
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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.

To catch up on the first installment of Quality Counts 2020 (“Chance for Success”) click here. For the second installment (“School Finance”) click here.

In March 2024, Education Week announced the end of the Quality Counts report after 25 years of serving as a comprehensive K-12 education scorecard. In response to new challenges and a shifting landscape, we are refocusing our efforts on research and analysis to better serve the K-12 community. For more information, please go here for the full context or learn more about the EdWeek Research Center.