The annual Quality Counts Education Survey has been released, ranking states throughout the country on where they stand with education.

According to the national non-profit organization, Idaho ranks near the very bottom in 47th place. Much of that has to do with the system not having teacher merit pay, as well as students not continuing their education past the high school level. Idaho did score well in some areas though, posting high national test scores.

Much of the Students Come First legislation passed in 2011 aims to curb the issue of not having a merit pay system, as well as giving students more availability to online learning, which should help those students living in rural areas.

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  1. Having looked at the brief story you link to on MSNBC, and then the Education Week source material in some detail, I’d be fascinated to know how, and from what information you drew the inference that “Much of [Idaho’s poor grade] has to do with the system not having teacher merit pay…”.

    From what I can see, it looks like you just made that up.

  2. This study is bunk. Idaho and South Dakota have among the highest test scores in the nation, yet they are ranked near-failing or failing by a “Quality Counts” survey. It seems to me that they did their job better than almost all of the others states.

    Idaho gets hit for spending (while having among the lowest cost-of-living in the entire nation and a budget that actually makes sense–heaven forbid) and college readiness (read: kids in rural states often don’t pursue college as frequently due to the job allocation in their state).

    Some of the items in this survey (let’s be honest; it’s not a study) include early childhood education, which has been shown to have no measurable effect past the first grade in any real study conducted and seems to be a royal waste of money and resources to me.

    Building and supporting capacity also seems like a tax on more rural states and another bunk category.

    These surveys inevitably irritate me given the emphasis they place on arenas in education with absolutely no statistical backing or at the very least with a multitude of conflicting variables. I expect something a bit more grounded as a medical researcher.

  3. No, not having merit pay is clearly one of the categories “measured” in the survey.

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