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Quality Counts

Quality Counts 2021: Grading the States

September 1, 2021
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As students and educators head back for another pandemic-disrupted school year, the third and final edition of Quality Counts 2021 provides a broad perspective on the nation’s K-12 system, with summative grades and scores for the U.S. and each state on a range of academic, financial, and socioeconomic indicators that underlie student achievement and long-term prospects for success.

The report also includes exclusive EdWeek Research Center analysis of how households of school-age children are faring during the pandemic on key factors affecting student learning based on nationwide U.S. Census Bureau surveys conducted as the most-recent school year came to a close.

To catch up on the first installment of Quality Counts 2021 (“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.