January 2008 Archives

Did you miss our press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.? Watch video of the Quality Counts press conference, moderated by Jay Mathews of The Washington Post. The report's editors, Lynn Olson and Christopher B. Swanson, discussed ideas for strengthening the teaching profession, as well as other findings from this year’s Quality Counts. Highlights include: • Teacher Pay Findings; • State of the States; and • Q & A....


Every year Quality Counts has "more bells and whistles," as Alexander Russo pointed out in his blog This Week in Education. This year we’re very excited to unveil an online grading tool that allows users to calculate new state scores. We always get a lot of questions about our grading. How did you calculate the grades? Why did you include this indicator? Why not that one? By changing the amount of weight assigned to any graded category, you can remix a state's grade based on what is important to you. Try it out and tell us about your new ...


Grading the states on their efforts to improve public education has been a hallmark of Quality Counts since it was launched by Education Week in 1997. Last year we took a hiatus from grading to reassess some categories (finance and teaching), and to introduce a couple of new indexes (Chance for Success and K-12 Achievement). Grading is back in 2008. But there are some key differences between this year’s report and previous editions (which makes comparing state grades over time like comparing apples and oranges). As always, we’re grading on the implementation of state policies in several key ...


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