Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance 2011


State Education Rankings 2011

Report Card on American Education:

State Education Rankings K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform

by Dr. Matthew Ladner and Dan Lips

ALEC’s 17th edition of the Report Card on American Education (click here for PDF download) contains a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels (performance and gains for low-income students) for the 50 states and the District of Columbia (see full report for complete methodology). The Report Card details what education policies states currently have in place and provides a roadmap for legislators to follow to bring about educational excellence in their state.

Focusing on the reforms recently enacted in Indiana, and with a foreword by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, this Report Card on American Education examines the experiences other states can learn from the struggles and triumps in Indiana.

Authors Dr. Matthew Ladner and Dan Lips analyze student scores, looking at both performance as well as how scores have improved over recent years. Additionally, each state is graded based on its current education policies.

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Performance Rank
  1. Massachusetts
  2. Vermont
  3. New Jersey
  4. Colorado
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Rhode Island
  7. North Carolina
  8. Kansas
  9. New Hampshire
  10. New York
  11. Texas
  12. Florida
  13. Hawaii
  14. Maine
  15. Nevada
  16. Montana
  17. Indiana
  18. Minnesota
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Maryland
  21. Ohio
  22. Delaware
  23. Wyoming
  24. District of Columbia
  25. Washington
  26. Virginia
  27. Georgia
  28. Illinois
  29. Idaho
  30. California
  31. Iowa
  32. Alaska
  33. North Dakota
  34. Alabama
  35. New Mexico
  36. Arizona
  37. Kentucky
  38. South Dakota
  39. Connecticut
  40. Oregon
  41. Utah
  42. Nebraska
  43. Oklahoma
  44. Tennessee
  45. Arkansas
  46. Michigan
  47. Missouri
  48. Mississippi
  49. Louisiana
  50. South Carolina
  51. West Virginia
Education Policy Grade
  • A-      Missouri
  • B+     Florida
  • B+     Minnesota
  • B       Arizona
  • B       California
  • B       Colorado
  • B       District of Columbia
  • B       Georgia
  • B       Indiana
  • B       New Mexico
  • B       Ohio
  • B       Oklahoma
  • B       Utah
  • B-      Alaska
  • B-      Idaho
  • B-      Louisiana
  • B-      Massachusetts
  • B-      Michigan
  • B-      New Jersey
  • B-      Wisconsin
  • C+     Connecticut
  • C+     Delaware
  • C+     Hawaii
  • C+     Illinois
  • C+     Nevada
  • C+     New Hampshire
  • C+     Pennsylvania
  • C+     South Carolina
  • C+     Texas
  • C+     Wyoming
  • C       Arkansas
  • C       Kentucky
  • C       Mississippi
  • C       Montana
  • C       North Carolina
  • C       Oregon
  • C       Rhode Island
  • C       Tennessee
  • C       Washington
  • C-      Iowa
  • C-      Kansas
  • C-      Maine
  • C-      Maryland
  • C-      New York
  • C-      South Dakota
  • C-      Virginia
  • D+     Alabama
  • D+     Nebraska
  • D+     North Dakota
  • D+     Vermont
  • D+     West Virginia

 What Others Are Saying:

“2011 was a historic year for parental choice in education.  But we have much further to go to ensure that all children have the opportunity to recieve a high-quality education.  Education reform is the most important public policy issue of the 21st century, because if we fail to dramatically improve school for all our children then we fail as a country. That is why this book is so important. It provides parents and policymakers with the facts about the condition of American education and a roadmap of the kinds of reforms that are urgently needed to ensure that all children can reach their potential.”
- Robert Enlow, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

“ALEC’s Report Card is a tremendous asset in the effort to make education more accountable to parents, rather than bureaucrats. The Report Card provides the transparency that’s often talked about but seldom delivered by government agencies. For those who aren’t already regular readers of the annual ALEC Report Card, 2011–The Year of School Choice–is a great time to start.”
- Jennifer Marshall, The Heritage Foundation

Newer Report Cards:

18th Edition

Historical Report Cards:

16th Edition | 15th Edition | 14th Edition | 13th Edition

Report Card on American Education:
Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform
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