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Report Card On American Education (23rd Edition): Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform

September 19, 2019
By Scott Kaufman

The American Legislative Exchange Council ranks the states on their current K-12 performance and providing school choice options for families.

The report ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on six factors: state academic standards, charter schools, homeschool regulation burden, private school choice, teacher quality, and digital learning.

There has been virtually no change among this year’s overall top- and bottom-five ranked states compared to previous years across a variety of measures.

This year’s top five states, ranked first through fifth, are Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Georgia and the District of Columbia. The five lowest-ranked states, beginning with the fifty-first, are Nebraska, North Dakota, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Alaska.

Arizona was ranked first based on the five established school choice programs available to families in the state, says Scott Kaufman, Education and Workforce Development Task Force director for ALEC.