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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.

John Clarke January 13, 2013 at 08:20 PM
If Maryland schools are ranked as #1 in the nation, we need to bow our heads in shame as we have failed to give our youth the best education possible so that they may succeed in this world. Our nations public school system has been a total dabacle for decades and it is time for our political leaders to own up to the facts. The statistics that school administrators spew out is nothing more than total fabrications to make themselves look good. If our public school system is so good for the average child, why does our political leaders choose to send their own children to private schools to receive their education and when asked they will change the subject. If our nation and children are to prosper in the future we must demand that changes be made to the system.
1ke January 13, 2013 at 09:01 PM
JD1, what the Governor or any other suit does or does not do has precious little to do with the problem or the solution. You are correct on every other account. No one wants to talk about race, class, plutocrats and elitism. Damn, I am not even sure that a bright, activist and highly informed fellow like you wants to talk about it.
JD1 January 14, 2013 at 04:43 AM
1ke...I don't talk about it. I DO something about it every day. I'm on the front lines with kids from all walks of life and the teachers who have dedicated their lives to giving them a chance at life. That's why I can't stand it when blowhards like OMalley wear meaningless rankings on their sleeve as a badge of honor. He has done NOTHING to improve schools or make life easier for kids who struggle. He is no leader and he is certainly no educator. The best thing he could do for schools in MD is stay out of the way or better yet, help to dismantle the statewide testing program so teachers can teach. Tomorrow, schools throughout the state will begin the scramble to teach to the test in preparation for the next round. Instead of engaging kids in meaningful and engaging instruction, schools everywhere will be doing practice tests, MSA reviews and other BS efforts to inflate scores. His kid at Loyola won't be subjected to that...why do mine have to? MD schools #1....I don't think so...
Janis January 14, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Look who is on the education week board of trustees Board of Trustees Editorial Projects in Education Jerry D. Weast Jerry D. Weast is a 35-year veteran of education leadership. Dr. Weast led Montgomery County Public Schools—16th largest school district in the nation—to achieve both the highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts for four consecutive years and the highest academic performance ever in MCPS at a time when the non-English-speaking student population more than doubled and enrollment tipped toward low socioeconomic demographics. Dr. Weast’s approaches to early childhood education, differentiation of resources, professional growth systems, predictive analytics, and relationship strategies for both unions and business involvement are the subjects of numerous Harvard Business School case studies, and of the book Leading for Equity (Harvard Education Press, 2009). Montgomery County Public Schools was a 2010 winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for management excellence and a 2010 finalist for the Broad Prize in Urban Education. Dr. Weast’s leadership is analyzed in the book Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams (Frontiera and Leidl, 2012); and the success Montgomery County Public Schools achieved during Dr. Weast’s tenure is held as a model in the book Renewal: Remaking America’s Schools for the 21st Century (Kwalwasser, 2012)...
Joan Anders January 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I went to MoCo shcools an I has a gret ednucation.

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