StudentsFirst Evaluates Pennsylvania's Education Policies

This morning StudentsFirst, the Sacramento-based ed reform non-profit headed by Michelle Rhee, released its 2014 State Policy Report Cards. New Jerseyans can check out NJ progress at my column today at WHYY’s Newsworks. And for those of you across the Delaware, here's a little information on StudentsFirst's evaluation of Pennsylvania's education policies.

StudentsFirst creates 24 policy objectives that  are divided into three groups: “Elevate the Teaching Profession,” “Empower Parents with Data and Choice,” and “Spend Wisely and Govern Well.” Each of those 24 objectives is graded on a scale of 0-4. Twelve of the 24 are considered “anchor policies” – those that “represent the strongest lever for reform” – and are given extra weight. Then each state is assigned an A-F letter grade “based on how well that state’s policies align with the StudentsFirst policy agenda.”

Here’s a few highlights for Pennsylvania: