The trade journal Education Week has updated its third annual report, entitled “Quality Counts 2018,” ranking states using new data from the Census Bureau, a national reading and math test, and published graduation rates.
This year’s report features a “Chance-for-Success Index” developed by The Education Week Research Center. The index purports to “gauge the education-related opportunities available in each state at different stages in a lifetime, from cradle to career.”
Massachusetts is No 1 overall, Maryland is No 5, and Illinois is No 15.
Results and rankings, the report says, are based on an analysis of 2016 data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the 2017 results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and adjusted cohort graduation rates from the 2015-16 school year, as published by the US Department of Education.