How Well Are States Educating Our Neediest Children? Not very, concludes a Fordham Foundation report. The average state earns a D in achievement for poor and minority students, compared to a B average for educating whites. Only eight states claim “moderate success over the past 15 years at boosting the percentage of their poor or minority students who are at or above proficient in reading, math or science.”
The study also finds that most states making significant achievement gains – including California, Delaware, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Texas – are national leaders in education reform, indicating that solid standards, tough accountability, and greater school choice can yield better classroom results.
State rankings show the worst states earn an F while the best score a D+ for minority and low-income student achievement.