On problems with education research, state education rankings and teacher preparation
An annual rite of passage occurred again on January 12, 2012 when Education Week released its annual report on education across the United States, known as Quality Counts (subscription). Kentucky’s education boosters wasted little time jumping on the new state rankings in the report, which showed that Kentucky moved up 20 places in the Quality Counts state rankings in just one year (Really???).
It’s hard to imagine that so much celebration would be warranted for a state that only earned an unimpressive “C+” in the Quality Counts scoring process, but the jump in the rankings does sound impressive (assuming you believe a state can change its education system that much so quickly), until you ask some very basic questions:
What qualities really count in education, and does Quality Counts do a good job of identifying and grading them? For that matter, do many involved with education really know the answers about what REALLY makes up a quality education system?