Jan 17, 2018
Most states have a long way to go to provide better quality education and equal access, according to EdWeek Research Center’s 2018 report card on the nation’s schools.
American schools have seen a lot of changes recently (Common Core and the Every Student Succeeds Act, to name a couple major ones) but one thing has remained constant: “the perennial struggles” of ensuring equal access to quality education, according to Quality Counts 2018, EdWeek Research Center’s latest report card on the state of American K-12 education.
EdWeek’s researchers have given American schools overall a score of 74.5, up 0.3 points from 2017, citing “middling quality” on average with “substantial disparities between high- and low-performing states.” According to their research, Massachusetts tops this year’s state list, with a score of 86.8, based on an assessment of 39 indicators. Nevada sat at the bottom of the list, with a score of 65.0.
How can states improve their schools, and by doing so, their scores? Researchers narrowed their findings down to five traits the top-performing states had in common: strong economies with efforts to socioeconomically integrate their school populations, high state funding, strong early childhood programs, and high test scores and graduation rates. They may have forgotten to emphasize one more factor: the thousands of tutors helping students succeed where their schools may be lacking.
Nation’s Schools Stuck in “Average” Range on Annual Report Card https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/01/17/nations-schools-stuck-in-average-range-on.html