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MD And VA Ranked Top States For Education, D.C. At The Bottom

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By Kavitha Cardoza

For the second year in a row, the annual "Quality Counts" report ranks Maryland and Virginia as top states for education, while D.C. remains at the bottom.

The Education Week report card gave Maryland the top spot with a B+. Virginia came in fourth with a B-. The report looks at state policies such as test results, accountability and school finance.

Maryland and Virginia received full marks for their early childhood programs and how well they prepare students for jobs. The District received poor marks for student achievement.

"Most states focus pretty narrowly on what they're doing locally and it's important, we think every now and then, pick up your heads, look around the nation and see how other states are faring," says Chistoper Swanson, the lead researcher on the report.

The nation overall received a "C."

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