Maryland at the Head of the Class…Again

Maryland -- for the third year in a row -- has ranked first in Education Week’s Quality Counts report. The 2011 version of the annual assessment of state educational systems, gave Maryland the nation’s highest grade, a B+.

Maryland’s ranking is based on State education policies and student performance that reflect nearly two decades of work on preK-12 curriculum; state accountability and standards; teacher effectiveness; and work on school readiness, high school reform, and preparation for college and the workplace. Quality Counts uses more than 50 indicators to develop its report.

Following Maryland are Massachusetts and New York, each of which received a B. In contrast, the District of Columbia, Nebraska, and South Dakota received grades of D+, with a majority of states earning a C or C-plus. The nation as a whole earned a C, the same grade as last year.

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To view the 2011 Quality Counts report, visit

See State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick’s response at

POSTED AT: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM |
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