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Posted at 3:00 AM ET, 01/14/2010

Maryland tops other states on ed report card

By Valerie Strauss

And the 2010 rankings keep coming.... The nation earned a “C” on the 14th annual Education Week report card that measures how well states have delivered a high-quality education to all students, with Maryland earning the best overall grade of any state and Virginia in the top five.

Maryland scored a “B+” and was followed by Massacussetts and New York, both of which earned a “B.” Virginia earned a "B-" while most states got grades of “C” or lower.

The annual Quality Counts 2010 report --a publication from Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes the trade magazine Education Week--rated and ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia in six areas of education performance and policy.

[Note to organizations that rate: Please stop measuring Washington D.C., as if it were a state. It isn’t a state, and you know it. If you want it to be included in your state rankings, you can actively support D.C. voting rights and statehood. For the record, the District was ranked 51st, with a “D+” grade.]

The reason people pay attention to the report is that Education Week is a respected publication and there is a lot of interesting data assembled here.

But like with such assessment, don’t take any grade as the gospel here: Some of the measures used to grade the states are debatable.

For example the K-12 Achievement Index looks at 18 state achievement measures that are related to reading and math standardized test scores, the results of Advanced Placement exams and high school graduation rates. As I’ve said before, test scores hardly tell a comprehensive achievement story.

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 14, 2010; 3:00 AM ET
Tags:  state education rankings; Education Week  
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hard to believe maryland got such a high mark with school districts like baltimore and prince george's county. incredible!

Posted by: stayone | January 14, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually, styone, Maryland public schools have ranked # 1 in the nation for 2 years running based on Newsweek's assessment. The 2010 # 1 ranking by Education week should be of no surprise to anyone.

Even those who are surprised by this should pay attention. Maryland must be doing something right at many levels. All states can benefit from efforts, experimentation and focus of schools in other states. Maryland schools have defintely benefitted from studying what has worked in other systems and implemented them in MD.

That being said, MD seem to be well up to the challenge of staying in the #1 position nationally. Their toughest challenge may indeed be how to improve MD school districts that are not excelling.

Posted by: free-donny | January 14, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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