The report card is in, and the grades aren't good. But at least they're slightly better than last year's.
On Thursday, Education Week, an education trade newspaper, released the 17th edition of the Quality Counts report, a widely-cited metric of overall educational quality in the United States. America's public schools are hardly passing: they garnered a C-plus. Last year, though, the U.S. scored a C, so the ranking represents some improvement.
"We're probably tough graders," Amy Hightower, who oversees the team of seven researchers that puts together the huge report, said in an interview. "The national grade overall had a very slight uptick … That was a nice surprise."