This is 1997 data--please see Quality Counts '98REPORT CARD


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Student Achievement
(NAEP scores out of 100%)

Proficient readers 4th grade: 18 percent

Proficient in Math 8th grade: 16 percent
Standards and Assessments:  Incomplete
Quality of Teaching:  B minus
School Climate:  D minus

Adequacy:  D minus

Equity:  D

Allocation:  C minus
COMMENT: A once world-class system is now third-rate. Can it be rebuilt? State has enormous resources with problems to match. Pays a high price for rule by referendum. Pace-setting reforms derailed by politics and conservative resistance.

Population: 31.589 million
Public school districts: 1,001
Public schools: 7,821
Children in poverty: 24%
Single parent families: 26%
Annual K-12 spending: $25.385 billion

K-12 enrollment: 5.407 million
  • Minority: 59%
  • Pupils with disabilities: 9%
  • Urban: 32%
  • Suburbs and large towns: 50%
  • Rural and small towns: 18%
  • This report card is part of Quality Counts, a special report from Education Week on the Web.

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