We report on the annual survey by Education Week that lists the status of public education in all 50 states.
The numbers are in that indicate how well the education system in the United States is serving its students. Education Week has released its 17th
annual ratings for the quality of education in each of the 50 states, awarding letter grades to schools
similar to those found on student report cards. Unfortunately, the report card indicated there is still plenty of work to do for most states across the country, with an average national grade of a C+ overall. However, there were a number of bright spots across the survey as well, particularly in the top rated states where education appears to be thriving in many ways.
The survey, titled, “Quality Counts,” uses six key metrics to grade the quality of education in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The metrics are as follows:
· K-12 Achievement
· Assessment and Accountability
· Transitions and Alignment
· Students’ Chances for Long-Term Success
· The Teaching Profession
Within these six metrics are more than 100 indicators that include such factors as graduation rates
, education funding
and achievement gaps
, according to a report on the survey at the Washington Post
. Data was collected from sources like the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau to compile these recent rankings.
Interesting Note on Findings
When discussions on education quality arise, many of them tend to center on school funding. The general school of thought is that the more money that is pumped into public schools, the higher the education quality will be. However, the numbers in this survey suggest this is not always the case.
The survey found that while some states with the most funding received high marks, others did not. At the same time, states with the lowest amount of funding did tend to receive lower marks overall, but some of those states, such as Texas
, actually made it to the top of the rankings. While funding does appear to play a role in the quality of education, it is not the make-or-break factor that some believe. Along...