D-plus and holding: Idaho scores low in Education Week report

Education Week’s new national report card is in, and Idaho appears stuck in neutral.

Idaho received a D-plus in Education Week’s annual Quality Counts national rankings, released Wednesday. Idaho received an identical grade a year ago.

What’s more, Idaho remained ranked No. 48 in the nation — again, ahead of only Mississippi, Nevada and New Mexico.

Not surprisingly, Idaho ranked dead last in the nation on one of the three main categories in the Education Week rankings: school finance. Idaho received a grade of D-minus in school finance, based on metrics such as per-pupil spending and the percentage of taxable resources a state spends on education. Idaho’s per-pupil spending perennially ranks near the bottom of national rankings. Education Week says it adjusted the funding rankings to reflect cost differences between the states.

Idaho fared slightly better in other categories.

In a category called “chance for success,” Idaho earns a C and ranks No. 37 nationally. This ranking incorporates everything from family income to test scores and graduation rates to educational attainment.

Idaho earns a D-plus in K-12 achievement, ranking No. 31 nationally. This ranking also includes test scores and graduation rates, as well as poverty gaps and changes in performance over time.

Overall, Idaho’s D-plus grade translates to a numeric score of 68.1. The national average score was 74.5, translating to a C grade.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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