Quality Counts 2017: Building on ESSA’s K-12 Foundation

Every year Education Week creates a report which examines state-level efforts to improve public education and pulls together a large number of statistics to create a picture of progress in each state. This 21st version of Quality Counts explores how states are preparing for ESSA. It provides an overview of new flexibilities and requirements under the law and outlines areas that will need continued attention during implementation such as equity and school choice. To put this discussion in context,  a separate report card is also provided for the nation as a whole, each state, and the District of Columbia, which ranks them on education indicators in three areas:

  • The Chance-for-Success Index, which looks at 13 indicators to better understand the role of education across an individual’s lifetime.
  • The School Finance Analysis, which examines school spending and measures of financial equity.
  • The K-12 Achievement Index, which scores states on measures related to reading and math performance, high school graduation rates, and Advanced Placement exam results.

This report will help policymakers, education leaders, community members, and families gain a better understanding of how their state education programs compare to others in the country. For some, this report may provide a poignant view of the need for improvement. Policies that support more student-centered learning could help move these states towards increased growth.

Source Organization: Education Week

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