Michigan Ranks in Lower Half of Education Week's Annual Quality Counts Report

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, Jan. 21, 2015

Education Week released its annual special report Quality Counts 2015 recently, which included its annual State of the States’ report card. Michigan was ranked 32nd with an overall C- average, just below the national C average.

Out of the three categories each state and the nation were graded, Michigan followed the overall national trend by earning its highest marks in the Chance for Success Index with a C. In the other two categories—School Finance and Student Achievement—Michigan earned a lower C grade and D, respectively.

The nation and each state are graded in three categories (Chance for Success; K-12 Achievement; School Finance; Standards). However, new data is only available for the Chance for Success and School Finance categories. Grades for the Student Achievement category are the same as last year due to the fact they are primarily based on NAEP results, which are released every two years. Results from all three categories are combined to provide a composite grade for each state and the nation as a whole.

Michigan’s highest rankings among the other states were:

  • 6th: Fourth grade reading gap change
  • 9th: Head Start enrollment
  • 13th: Spending on education – State expenditures on K-12 schooling as a percent of state taxable resources in 2012

It scored the lowest in the following areas:

  • 47th: Steady employment (adults in labor force working full time and year-round in 2013)
  • 48th: Achievement gains in fourth grade reading
  • 50th: Achievement gains in fourth grade math and change in high school graduation rate

For more information, view Michigan’s highlights report or the full national report.

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