(Public disclosure; I belong to this network but had no input to this report.)
This report really is a good counterbalance to other groups' report cards that cheer on unchecked charter growth or more testing.
From their website:
It’s the first in-depth, nonpartisan report card to grade states according to whether their current policies and laws make public schools vibrant and strong or undermine them. It stands in stark contrast to report cards released from conservative political organizations like The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Students First that wrongly rank states based on their willingness to privatize public education and weaken the status of the teaching profession.
Our report card is different. Our grades reflect the values that we believe in—stability in the teaching force, a rejection of high stakes testing, small class sizes, integrated schools, pre-school education, a recognition that poverty matters and of course a sound rejection of charters, vouchers and other forms of privatization.
You may not always agree with our grades—some you may think are too high and others too low. But we hope you will agree with the goals they represent. The point after all is to ignite the kind of public debate we have all been longing for, and to spread a message about what we must do to truly improve our public schools.
You can find our report card and interactive map here. Share it with friends and policymakers. By week’s end, we will also post individual state report cards on the site for you to check out.
Three states — Alabama,Montana and Nebraska — each earn an “A” for their rejection of both high stakes testing and privatization. No state, however, received high grades across the board.
For example, although Alabama scored high in resistance to high stakes testing and privatization, its schools are underfunded and far too many students live in poverty or near poverty in the state.