California schools rank 30th in nation
January 13, 2011
California schools received a C grade and ranked 30th in the nation in an annual education survey released Tuesday. [CaliforniaWatch]
The annual Quality Counts report, published by Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, is based on surveys sent to the chief state school officers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, included sections regarding transitions and alignment, school finance, and the impact of the economy on education.
“It is fitting that the latest edition of Quality Counts that studied the impact of the economy on education should coincide with the release of our governor’s budget proposal that underscored California’s extensive budget problems,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to California Watch.
“Our state’s overall grade for six categories studied is a C – the same as the nation’s. But average is not good enough for me, for our students, or for our teachers. You wouldn’t want a ‘C’ mechanic working on your car, a ‘C’ attorney defending you in court, or a ‘C’ surgeon operating on you in a hospital – and we can’t afford to be satisfied with a ‘C’ for California schools.”
California students in the fourth and eighth grades have made important strides in improving reading and math, the study found. But overall, the state fared poorly in many K-12 achievement categories, barely passing with a D-minus grade.
The state’s graduation rate fell between 2000 and 2007, dragging down the overall achievement score.
Overall, Maryland was ranked above all other states in educational quality followed by Massachusetts and New York.