Many SREB States Lead Nation in Education Week Rankings
Atlanta — January 10, 2013 — Southern Regional Education Board states were named the majority of the nation’s top 10 leaders in education policy and performance in Education Week’s Quality Counts 2013 report released today. The report tracks key education indicators and grades all 50 states on their policy efforts and outcomes. SREB works with 16 member states across the South and Mid-Atlantic to improve public education.
Seven SREB states made the top 10. For the fifth year in a row, Maryland
scored the nation's highest overall grade with a B-plus, and Virginia
For the first time, Kentucky
(10th) placed in the top 10 states, while Florida
jumped to sixth after falling to 11th place in 2012. Arkansas, Georgia
and West Virginia
also placed in the top 10, and Delaware, Louisiana
were among the top 20.
"The region has pushed ahead with purpose," SREB President Dave Spence said. "SREB and state education leaders have worked over the last decade to craft a new generation of policies to guide states, and many updates have been made to fit the changing times."
Each state’s grade is based on six major categories of educational policy and performance, ranging from K-12 achievement to school finance. The category of transitions and alignment tracks state policy efforts to help students move more smoothly through the education pipeline, with a particular focus on three critical stages: early childhood education, college readiness and career readiness.
This year, Georgia
became the first state ever to earn a perfect score for its transitions and alignment policies. West Virginia
leapt to second in the nation in the school finance category with an A-minus, up from 14th place last year.
The United States as a whole rated a C-plus in the report. In total, 38 states received some type of C.