Teacher quality, school finance
In an attempt to gauge the educational progress of the nation and each state, Education Week has published state report cards since 1997 in its annual Quality Counts series. The 12th annual report, Tapping into Teaching: Unlocking the Key to Student Success, was released in early 2008 and merges the indicators from the shortened 2007 report, which focused on the “cradle-to-career” framework, with previous indicators such as efforts to improve teacher quality and school finance. To compare states across the nation, the Quality Counts series grades and ranks states based on six broad measures: efforts to improve the teacher quality; transitions and alignments; school finance; standards, assessments, and accountability; achievement in K-12 education; and chances for success.
McKenzie, Sarah C. and Ritter, Gary W., "Comparing Arkansas Students to Their National Peers" (2008). Policy Briefs. 93.