The StudentsFirst 2014 State Policy Report Card (SPRC) results are based on an assessment of state- specific statutes, regulations, policies and/or directives adopted or enacted as of December 20, 2013, from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Legislation or policies that were proposed, but not adopted or enacted, as of December 20, 2013, were not considered.

To assign grades, StudentsFirst developed a scoring rubric for each of the 24 policy objectives evaluated in the SPRC. Each state’s education policies were analyzed against this rubric and scored using a 0 to 4 scale, with 4 representing the strongest lever for reform. Anchor policies were weighed three times higher (3x).

StudentsFirst performed an initial analysis and grades were assigned using publicly-available sources and materials. Once the initial analysis was complete and initial scores were assigned, this information was sent to each respective state's governing education entity for review, input, and comments prior to the assignment of final scores, grades, and rankings.

This Website contains links to external internet sites and information provided by entities that are not affiliated with StudentsFirst. Although every effort has been made to ensure complete and accurate information, some statutes may not be linked to the official code of the respective state and, therefore, may not reflect the most up-to date legislative developments.

Accordingly, StudentsFirst does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information linked within this Website. The information is provided "as is" and "with all faults", and is furnished with no warranty, express or implied. Further, StudentsFirst disclaims all liability to any person for any loss caused by errors or omissions in the information provided. Nevertheless, we welcome additional input and corrections where appropriate. If you would like to provide comments, additional input or a correction, please contact us at

Finally, StudentsFirst has provided links to the various state laws in order to provide useful information. This should not be confused with legal advice. If you are in need of legal advice, please seek the assistance of an attorney.