by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just published Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness, which ranks states on nine indicators of K-12 performance, accountability, and transparency.
North Carolina received a C overall. In the Southeast, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia were the only other states that did not receive a D or F.
The following is a comparison of North and South Carolina:
North Carolina’s most impressive grade is the A for Return on Investment (ROI). Only ten states received an A for this indicator. Similarly, North Carolina was one of ten states to receive an A for fiscal accountability.