By Deborah Williams
Despite what you may have heard over recent years about the state of America’s public schools, a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, shows that, overall, public education in America is improving.
The America’s Promise Alliance website reports that the country is on track to reach its goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. This is due in large part to notable improvement in the performance of Hispanics and African American students and a decline in dropouts. The site delineates three Key Report Findings:
- The national graduation rate increased 5 percentage points since 2006 and 2.7 percentage points between 2009 and 2010.
- The number of “dropout factories” decreased by 583 between 2002 and 2011.
- While increases in African American and Hispanic graduation rates drove the accelerated pace, significant disparities remain. The nation’s ability to close these gaps will determine whether it meets and maintains a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.
Within the report, the states were ranked from best to worst based on policy, standards, and progress in K-12 education. The Take Part website posts “The 5 Best States for Education (and the 5 Worst)” in a slideshow. Here are the rankings:
The 5 Worst States for Education
50. South Dakota
The 5 Best States for Education
3. New York