Policy Documents

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

Matthew Ladner, and Dave Myslinski –
July 15, 2013

In this report card, the authors contend that the United States suffers from a costly and ineffective system of K–12 schooling — a disadvantage that we can scarcely afford in an increasingly competitive world. A small handful of the wealthiest states do reasonably well in international comparisons, but not one is a world contender.



Dr. Matthew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He previously served as Vice President of Research at the Goldwater Institute. Prior to join- ing Goldwater, Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice. Ladner has writ- ten numerous studies on school choice, charter schools, and special education reform and coauthored Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform for the American Legislative Exchange Council. Ladner has testified before Congress, the United States Commission on Civil Rights and numerous state legislative committees. Ladner is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received both a Masters and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Houston. Ladner is a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Educational Choice and the Goldwater Institute. Ladner lives in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife Anne and children Benjamin, Jacob, and Abigail.

Dave Myslinski serves as the State Policy Director for Digital Learning Now! at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He previously served as the Education Task Force Director at the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he focused on digital learning, K-12 education reform, and higher education. Prior to that, Myslinski worked on state issues relating to health care and telecommunications. Mr. Myslinski is a graduate of Rutgers University.