Quality Counts 2010, a publication from Education Week, gives North Carolina a C grade in 17 measures of quality in six categories, including Chance for Success; K-12 Achievement; School Finance; Standards, Assessment, and Accountability; Transitions and Alignment; and The Teaching Profession.

North Carolina’s overall score of 75.1 is below the national average score of 75.9. Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington D.C. received the lowest overall scores. Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts claimed the top spots.

Among Southern states, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama earned higher overall scores than North Carolina. However, NC did better than Mississippi and Kentucky!