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State-by-State Summary

Overview

In the latest installment of the comprehensive State Teacher Policy Yearbook, most states received their highest grades to date. Over the past six years, 44 states have improved their overall grades–23 states by at least a full grade level or more.

Click on a state for detailed information about that state's teacher policies or explore the results of the 2015 Yearbook and previous editions further in the State Yearbook Dashboard.

2015

National Snapshot

Overall State Grades

B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

  • Alabama
    • 2015

      D+

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      C-

    Alaska
    • 2015

      D-

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D

    Arizona
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    Arkansas
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      C-

    California
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    Colorado
    • 2015

      C

    • 2013

      C+

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      D+

    Connecticut
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      D+

    Delaware
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      C+

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      D

    District of Columbia
    • 2015

      D+

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D-

    Florida
    • 2015

      B+

    • 2013

      B+

    • 2011

      B

    • 2009

      C

    Georgia
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      C-

    Hawaii
    • 2015

      D+

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D-

    • 2009

      D-

    Idaho
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D-

    Illinois
    • 2015

      C+

    • 2013

      C+

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      D+

    Indiana
    • 2015

      B

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C+

    • 2009

      D

    Iowa
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D

    Kansas
    • 2015

      D+

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D-

    Kentucky
    • 2015

      C

    • 2013

      C

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    Louisiana
    • 2015

      B

    • 2013

      B

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      C-

    Maine
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      D-

    • 2009

      F

    Maryland
    • 2015

      D+

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D

    Massachusetts
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      D+

    Michigan
    • 2015

      C+

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C+

    • 2009

      D-

    Minnesota
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      D-

    Mississippi
    • 2015

      C

    • 2013

      C

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    Missouri
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D

    Montana
    • 2015

      F

    • 2013

      F

    • 2011

      F

    • 2009

      F

    Nebraska
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D-

    • 2011

      D-

    • 2009

      D-

    Nevada
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      D-

    New Hampshire
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D-

    • 2009

      D-

    New Jersey
    • 2015

      C+

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    New Mexico
    • 2015

      C

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    New York
    • 2015

      B

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C

    • 2009

      D+

    North Carolina
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    North Dakota
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D-

    Ohio
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      C+

    • 2009

      D+

    Oklahoma
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B-

    • 2011

      B-

    • 2009

      D+

    Oregon
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D-

    • 2009

      D-

    Pennsylvania
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D

    Rhode Island
    • 2015

      B-

    • 2013

      B

    • 2011

      B-

    • 2009

      D

    South Carolina
    • 2015

      C

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      C-

    South Dakota
    • 2015

      D-

    • 2013

      D-

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D

    Tennessee
    • 2015

      B

    • 2013

      B

    • 2011

      B-

    • 2009

      C-

    Texas
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      C-

    Utah
    • 2015

      C+

    • 2013

      C

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      D

    Vermont
    • 2015

      D-

    • 2013

      D-

    • 2011

      D-

    • 2009

      F

    Virginia
    • 2015

      C+

    • 2013

      C+

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    Washington
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      C-

    • 2009

      D+

    West Virginia
    • 2015

      C-

    • 2013

      C-

    • 2011

      D+

    • 2009

      D+

    Wisconsin
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D+

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D

    Wyoming
    • 2015

      D

    • 2013

      D

    • 2011

      D

    • 2009

      D-