Saturday, January 12, 2013

What does "K-12 Achievement, Equity" measure?

Education Week just released the new Quality Counts 2013 Annual Report. I took a quick review of the State Report Cards for my two home states (Maryland and Texas) and there were some interesting points to contrast, especially in K-12 Achievement. Maryland ranked top in the nation with an overall score of 87.5. Texas ranked a littler better than the national average (76.9) with an overall score of 79.4.

I noticed in the K-12 Achievement, Equity score, Texas fared a little better than Maryand. Both of the scores were a little disconcerting with Maryland at 71.7 and Texas at 76.9. After a pretty exhaustive review of the website I could not figure out exactly what the K-12 Achievement, Equity score measured. If it is what I think it is, then parents of students of color should be alarmed. If a state like Maryland is 1) very high-performing academically and 2) extremely diverse, it is not too much to expect the equity in achievement score to be a little higher. Of course some states scored better on this indicator, but I am interested in learning more about what this score means for Maryland.

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