LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 22, 2010) - The Maryland public school system was ranked number one in the nation for the second consecutive year by Education Week, a leading education newspaper.
Education Week analyzes each public school system in the following six categories: state education policies; student performance in prekindergarten through grade 12; state accountability standards; teacher effectiveness; work on school readiness and high school reform; and preparation for college and the workplace.
The results are published in the annual Quality Counts tally report, and Maryland received the only B+ rating. Public school systems in New York and Massachusetts followed with B ratings.
The report also found that Maryland ranks second in the nation for increased mathematics progress, which was based off data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) scores.
Most of the state-level data collected by Education Week comes from a policy survey of states conducted during the summer and fall of 2009. Additionally, the publication draws on data from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Bureau of the Census and the American Federation of Teachers.
For more information on Education Week, or to view the 2010 Quality Counts report, visit http://www.edweek.org/ .
Source: Charles County Public School System