SIOUX FALLS, SD - There's a new report from Education Week
on the state of education, and South Dakota received one of the lowest grades in the nation.
The review by the national publication gives South Dakota a D+ and it's mostly due to college readiness rates and state education spending.
South Dakota, Nebraska and Washington D.C. all received a D+ on the report. Thirty-six states received a C+ to C- and 12 states received a B+ to B-. No state received an A or an F in their overall score this year.
The report is based on six criteria. The first is chance for success, and the state scored above average for things like early foundations and adult outcomes.
Next is standards, assessments, and accountability, and South Dakota received an average score.
In K-12 achievement, South Dakota came up lower than average with a D+.
But in transitions and alignment, the state received a D-. In college readiness, South Dakota scored an F, and got a D- in early childhood education.
School finance was given a D+. Equity was rated above average, but the state received another failing grade in spending.
And finally, the teaching profession category was given a D, with accountability for quality and incentives receiving below average grades.
South Dakota is among the best in the nation in the chance for success category. It's also not alone when it comes to low marks in K-12 achievement, the teaching profession and school finance. The only state to get an A in school finance is Wyoming.
Last year, the same report gave South Dakota an overall grade of C-.
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