For the fifth year in a row, Maryland’s public school system took the top ranking in an annual study that examines state education policies and student achievement across all 50 states and the District.
Education Week gave Maryland a B-plus in its “Quality Counts 2013” assessment. Maryland was the only state to earn the grade.
Massachusetts, New York and Virginia trailed immediately behind Maryland, with overall grades of B. These four states maintained the same rankings they held in last year’s report.
Although the District is not a state, Education Week included it in the evaluation and ranked it 45th overall with a C-minus.
The nonprofit Editorial Projects in Education publishes Education Week, which relies on policy surveys of the states and data from such sources as the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau to develop its rankings.