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Maryland Schools Top Nation 5th Consecutive Year

The state received a B+ grade by Education Week, which released the annual report.

Maryland schools were ranked the best in the nation for the fifth year in a row, according to a study released by Education Week.

"Maryland public schools are so fortunate to have bipartisan support throughout the State," State Superintendent Lillian Lowery said in a statement. "Our schools have the benefit of strong support from the Governor, other elected officials, educators, parents, business leaders, and the public at large. This ranking could not be achieved without the support of every partner, and we won’t be able to continue our improvement without that broad coalition."

The state received an 87.5, B+ grade in the publication's analysis. Massachusetts trailed by 3.4 points to secure a second place ranking.

At the other end of the spectrum, the report lists South Dakota as the lowest performing state at 69.3, D+. 

A majority of the states—38 to be exact—fell along the C range. The nationwide average was 76.9, C+, which is a half point up from the 2012 average of C.

Factors considered in the rankings include indicators of student achievement and teacher quality, disciplinary policies, how students' needs to cope with academic and personal pressures are being met and the role of parents and community groups.

"The conditions for success in schools include not just having high-quality teachers, but ensuring that they are working in schools designed for success. In schools designed for success, there's a growing interest in ensuring that school climate supports students," said Deborah Delisle, the U.S. Department of Education's assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, in a statement in the report.

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bill bissenas January 10, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Don't buy into the Education Week scam. As the Baltimore Sun pointed out 5 of the 6 measures used by Education Week measure money spent not outcomes. And Lowery is delusional when she says there's bipartisan support. This is a one party state, there is no bipartisanship, nor is any required to spend like drunken sailors.
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Michelle Rhee's education organization gives Maryland policy, reforms a grade of D+ StudentsFirst issues first national report cards grading state policies, reforms http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-01-07/news/bal-michelle-rhees-organization-gives-maryland-reform-a-d-20130107_1_report-cards-letter-grades-michelle-rhee

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