Kentucky cracks Top 10 of Education Week's quality rankings

01/10/2013 07:13 AM

For the first time, Kentucky broke into the top 10 of Education Week’s annual quality rankings, and received a B- grade overall for student achievement, teacher performance and standards.

Kentucky scored 80.1 on the publication’s rubric. That’s solidly above the national average of 76.9 but well off the pace of top-performing Maryland at 87.5. This year marks the 17th edition of the Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report, which was published online after midnight Thursday.

A closer look at Kentucky’s scores, shows the commonwealth got high marks for the alignment of its education system between early childhood education, K-12 and college preparation. Education Week determined Kentucky was the national leader in how the education system is set up to help prepare students for the economy and the workforce.

Kentucky still has a long way to go in other areas, including student achievement. In that category, Kentucky received a C-. And Education Week gave Kentucky a failing grade for state spending.

Here’s the publication’s Top 10 and their scores:
1. Maryland 87.5
2. Massachusetts 84.1
3. New York 83.1
4. Virginia 82.9
5. Arkansas 81.7
6. Florida 81.1
7. Georgia 81.0
8. New Jersey 80.8
9. West Virginia 80.8
10. Kentucky 80.1

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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