America’s Report Card: Quality Counts 2012

On January 12th, 2012 Education Week released the annual Quality Counts grade report for all 50 states and D.C. Our nation averaged a C. The Quality Counts report card grades on six distinct areas of policy and performance.  Unfortunately, with so much recent discussion focused on comparing US students to their international peers, this latest news does not bode well. 

Alarmingly, almost half of the states received a grade of C or lower. Maryland received an overall grade of a B+. This is the fourth consecutive year that Maryland is the top-ranked state. Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia each earned a B average.

One explanation for these disappointing results may be found in the Quality Counts 2012 Press Release, The teaching profession grade is comprised of 44 individual state indicators. Arkansas and South Carolina received B+ averages—the highest grades awarded. The District of Columbia and four states received D- averages. Overall, the U.S. received a C average.

We encourage you to check out the Quality Counts 2012 Press Release for details on the national report card. This Press Release is an informative report on the grades issued for all 50 states and D.C. Find your state’s grade and national rank on the “Grading Summary” Table on page 5.

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