National Education Report Card Ranks Massachusetts First, West Virginia Last

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released its 17th Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform.

The comprehensive report grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to data from national test scores, state education policy, charter school regulation, and other benchmarks of quality. Additionally, the report discusses what resources are being wasted, what students are being left behind, and what administrators, parents, and teachers can do make a difference in education. This year, Massachusetts beat out all other states while West Virginiaplaced last.

Authors Dr. Matthew Ladner, Dan Lips and David J. Myslinski rank states based on two factors. The first is student performance and their progress on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams.

The second metric ranks states from A to F based on education reform policies including academic standards, school choice programs, charter schools, online learning, and that state's ability to hire good teachers and fire bad ones. In this category, Missouri is the clear leader.

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