Idaho’s education system has been handed another report card. Once again, the results are hard to swallow.

Education Week recently released its 21st annual edition of Quality Counts, which grades each state on its overall performance. Idaho finished 48th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The overall grade?



It’s no fun to hear the results of reports like this, but there’s really only two ways to react: Rip up the report and call it a bunch of lies, or take it to heart and see if there’s anything to learn from it.

The latter option is the only one that is going to help Idaho’s education system. Shouldn’t we take a deep look at some of the shortfalls and see what we can do to make them better? At the same time, shouldn’t we look at some of the positives and see how we can improve upon them?

Bottom line: When students get poor grades we ask them to work harder.

Can’t we all promise to work a little harder to improve the education we provide for those same students


Education Week: Idaho Earns a D-Plus on State Report Card, Ranks 48th in Nation