FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky's ranking in an annual grading of all states on key education indicators rose dramatically this year, placing the state 14th in the nation for its work on public education.
Each year, Education Week, a national publication that focuses on P-12 education, produces a special issue called "Quality Counts." The report tracks key education indicators and grades states on their policy efforts and outcomes. Last year, Kentucky ranked 34th in the nation in this annual report.
"Quality Counts" provides data and information in six areas including K-12 Achievement, Teaching Profession, School Finance, Transitions & Alignment, Chance for Success and Standards, Assessments & Accountability.
"Kentuckians should take a great deal of pride in the Commonwealth's standings related to P-12 education," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "Kentucky continues to show measurable progress in education, and the rankings provided in 'Quality Counts' recognize the hard work of teachers, administrators, parents and community members."
"Much of the impetus for Kentucky's high ranking can be traced to 2009's Senate Bill 1," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. "That legislation set us on a course to become a leader nationwide, and with the support of Gov. Beshear, legislators, teachers, administrators and parents, Kentucky's work in school accountability, teacher training, college/career readiness and stronger academic standards is moving us in the right direction."
States were assigned overall letter grades based on the average of scores for the six categories. This year, Kentucky's overall grade was C+, an improvement over last year's grade and a higher grade than the national average, which was a C.
"Quality Counts" also provides detailed scoring for each major area, and on a 100-point scale, Kentucky scored at 90 or above in three areas: School Accountability, Building & Supporting Capacity and Equity. The state's lowest score was in the area of Spending, in which Kentucky's total was 52.2 points.
No states received a grade of A in the 2012 edition of "Quality Counts." The highest-ranking state was Maryland, with a B+. Three states received B grades; five states receives B- grades; and five states, including Kentucky, received C+ grades.
The full report is available at http://www.edweek.org.