Idaho finishes near the bottom on annual Education Week report

Idaho earned a D-plus and finished 48th among 50 states and the District of Columbia on Education Week’s annual grading of states in K-12 education.

In the Quality Counts 2016 report released today, Education Week focused on school accountability. This is the 20th annual Quality Counts report.

Quality Counts IdahoA state’s overall grade is the average of its scores in three separate categories — chance for success, school finance and achievement.

Idaho scored 67.9 out of 100 points, earning the D-plus. The nation as a whole earned a C grade.

Idaho earned a C in the chance-for-success category, ranking 34th. In school finance, Idaho received an F, ranking 49th, while in K-12 achievement, Idaho finished 31st.

Massachusetts earned the top marks this year with a score of 86.8 and the only B-plus awarded. At the other end of the grading scale, Nevada ranked last, with a grade of D and a score of 65.2. Thirty-two states earned grades somewhere between a C-minus and a C-plus.

Quality Counts 2016 also examined how new state and federal strategies are transforming the assessment of school performance.

The Education Week Research Center conducted an analysis of student achievement and the report highlights results from 2003 to 2015. It examines achievement, poverty-based gaps and trends over time.

Click here for the complete results, including a state-by-state ranking and Idaho’s placement.

Additional resources available at

  • The full Quality Counts 2016 report, including in-depth reporting on new directions in school accountability, a retrospective look at highlights and milestones from the past 20 years, and an original analysis of national and state achievement trends.
  • State Highlights Reports for the 50 states and the District of Columbia featuring detailed, statespecific data and “State of the States” grades for educational
  • Interactive map and report card for delving into Quality Counts’ signature grading rubric.
  • Interactive Grading Calculator that lets users try their hand at grading by assigning different weights for the importance of various outcomes.