Report Card on American Education: State Education Rankings

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State Education Rankings

By Dr. Matthew Ladner and Dave Myslinski.

The 18th edition of the Report Card on American Education is a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income students, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Report Card details state-by-state grades in the following policy areas:

1. State Academic Standards

  • English and Language Arts
  • Mathematics

2.    Private School Choice Programs

  • “A” Grade or Multiple programs

3.    Charter Schools

  • Charter Schools Allowed
  • Charter School Law Grade

4.    Teacher Quality

  • Delivering Well Prepared Teachers
  • Expanding the Teaching Pool
  • Identifying Effective Teachers
  • Retaining Effective Teachers
  • Exiting Ineffective Teachers

5.    Online Learning

  • Multi-District, Full-time Online School
  • Digital Learning Now! Metrics Achieved

6.    Home School Regulation Burdens

Authors Dr. Matthew Ladner and Dave Myslinski analyze student scores, looking at state education rankings and improvement over recent years.  When combined, these policy measures build the state’s overall policy grade.  Furthermore, the Report Card highlights education policies states have enacted and provides a road map to best practices, allowing legislators to learn from each other’s education reforms.This year, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin writes an inspirational forward citing her state’s education reforms in teacher quality, school accountability, and literacy.

Education Rankings By State
  1. Massachusetts
  2. Vermont
  3. New Jersey
  4. Colorado
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Rhode Island
  7. North Carolina
  8. Kansas
  9. New Hampshire
  10. New York
  11. Texas
  12. Florida
  13. Hawaii
  14. Maine
  15. Nevada
  16. Montana
  17. Indiana
  18. Minnesota
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Maryland
  21. Ohio
  22. Delaware
  23. Wyoming
  24. District of Columbia
  25. Washington
  26. Virginia
  27. Georgia
  28. Illinois
  29. Idaho
  30. California
  31. Iowa
  32. Alaska
  33. North Dakota
  34. Alabama
  35. New Mexico
  36. Arizona
  37. Kentucky
  38. South Dakota
  39. Connecticut
  40. Oregon
  41. Utah
  42. Nebraska
  43. Oklahoma
  44. Tennessee
  45. Arkansas
  46. Michigan
  47. Missouri
  48. Mississippi
  49. Louisiana
  50. South Carolina
  51. West Virginia
Education Policy Grade
  • B+     Arizona
  • B+     Indiana
  • B+     Oklahoma
  • B       Florida
  • B       Louisiana
  • B       Ohio
  • B-      District of Columbia
  • B-      Georgia
  • B-      Idaho
  • B-      Michigan
  • B-      Pennsylvania
  • B-      Utah
  • B-      Wisconsin
  • C+     California
  • C+     Colorado
  • C+     Minnesota
  • C+     Nevada
  • C+     Texas
  • C       Arkansas
  • C       Delaware
  • C       Illinois
  • C       Iowa
  • C       Massachusetts
  • C       Missouri
  • C       New Hampshire
  • C       New Jersey
  • C       New Mexico
  • C       North Carolina
  • C       Oregon
  • C       South Carolina
  • C       Tennessee
  • C       Wyoming
  • C-      Alaska
  • C-      Connecticut
  • C-      Hawaii
  • C-      Kansas
  • C-      Maine
  • C-      Mississippi
  • C-      New York
  • C-      Virginia
  • C-      Washington
  • D       Montana
  • D       Nebraska
  • D       North Dakota
  • D+     Alabama
  • D+     Kentucky
  • D+     Maryland
  • D+     Rhode Island
  • D+     South Dakota
  • D+     Vermont
  • D+     West Virginia

 

Historical Report Cards:

17th Edition16th Edition | 15th Edition | 14th Edition | 13th Edition

Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform by ALEC_States

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