Report Card on American Education: State Education Rankings

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State Education Rankings

By Dr. Matthew Ladner and Dave Myslinski.

The 19th 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, Indiana Governor Mike Pence writes an inspirational forward citing his state’s education reforms in school choice, school accountability, and vocational opportunities.

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


What Others Are Saying:

“The Report Card on American Education is an invaluable resource that shows where we have been, where we are, and most importantly, where we need to go from here.”

-Governor Mike Pence, Indiana

“ALEC’s Report Card on American Education serves as a helpful guide for education reformers across America.”

-Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma

“ALEC’s Report Card on American Education is a helpful guide for anyone who wants to achieve a quality education for all students. The book answers two questions facing everyone involved in the education reform debate: Where are we today? Moreover, where do we need to go? It explains why the state quo is unacceptable, and offers a blueprint for reform to create the kind of education system and learning opportunities American students deserve.”

-Former Governor Jeb Bush, Florida


Historical Report Cards:

18th Edition | 17th Edition | 16th Edition | 15th Edition | 14th Edition | 13th Edition

Report Card on American Education 19th Edition from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)