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Maryland Far From Top Of Report Comparing Eighth-Graders

October 25th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

While Maryland's school system has had the top spot in a publication's annual ranking of the nation's schools for five years in a row, the state is far from the top of a new report comparing eighth-graders in the United States with other states and 38 other countries. Massachusetts was the only state to score in a top rating in math in the study being released Thursday by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. Only eight -states – Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin – scored in a top rating for science. The National Center for Education Statistics says this is the first report that compares every state, the District of Columbia and Defense Department schools against 38 countries. China, India, France and Germany did not participate. While not referring specifically to this latest  report, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley maintains that he believes his state’s education system- both K-12 and secondary- is the envy of many of the countries he has visited in recent years…


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