Friday, December 14, 2012

California receives a D on K-12 Achievement

We've looked at how the US compares with other countries on educational attainment. Let's take a quick look at how California compares with other states. In future posts, we'll zoom in further on Berkeley, but this is to give us a sense of the larger educational landscape in which we're working.

This graphic comes from The Atlantic. The K-12 Achievement grade index is based on Education Week's state report cards. California is given a D grade.

According to Education Week's media release of the results, "the report’s K-12 Achievement Index evaluates the overall strength of a state’s public schools against 18 individual indicators that capture: current achievement, improvements over time, and poverty-based disparities or gaps. Massachusetts emerges as the top-achieving state this year, with New Jersey and Maryland finishing second and third, respectively. These states—each earning a B in this year’s report—have been the nation’s top three scorers since the index was first graded in 2008. A wide gulf separates the leaders from the rest of the pack, with the average state earning a C-minus on K-12 Achievement, a slight improvement over last year. Three states—Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia—and the District of Columbia receive grades of F on the index." 

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