Idaho earned a D-plus and finished 48th among 50 states and the District of Columbia on Education Week’s annual grading of states in K-12 education, according to Idaho EdNews.
In the Quality Counts 2016 report released Jan. 8, Education Week focused on school accountability. This is the 20th annual Quality Counts report.
A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores in three separate categories — chance for success, school finance and achievement.
Idaho scored 67.9 out of 100 points, earning the D-plus. The nation as a whole earned a C grade. Idaho earned a C in the chance-for-success category, ranking 34th. In school finance, Idaho received an F, ranking 49th, while in K-12 achievement, Idaho finished 31st.
Massachusetts earned the top marks this year with a score of 86.8 and the only B-plus awarded. At the other end of the grading scale, Nevada ranked last, with a grade of D and a score of 65.2. Thirty-two states earned grades somewhere between a C-minus and a C-plus.
Quality Counts 2016 also examined how new state and federal strategies are transforming the assessment of school performance.
The Education Week Research Center conducted an analysis of student achievement and the report highlights results from 2003 to 2015. It examines achievement, poverty-based gaps and trends over time.