In its annual “Quality Counts” survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the magazine Education Week named the state of Maryland the best in the country for the fifth consecutive year last month.
The publication looked at data in six critical categories over the past five years, and once again found that Maryland’s state education system ranked at the head of the class.
Maryland received an overall grade of B+. Like last year, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia followed Maryland, with B grades. As has been the case since the report’s inception, most states received grades in the C ranges or below.
“From the earliest days of our Administration, job creation and its primary ingredient, education, have topped our agenda. Every year of this Administration, even during the toughest of times, we have invested to make this a reality,” said Gov Martin O’Malley. “Today we’re here to announce that, with better choices, we have built what Education Week magazine says is the #1 best public school system in America for the fifth year in a row because of our students, educators and parents who understand that the investments we make in education are investments in the future we all share.”
State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery said the latest rankings serve as fuel for further improvement.
“Maryland public schools are so fortunate to have bipartisan support throughout the State,” Dr Lowery said. “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.”