Maryland’s public school system took the top ranking for the fifth year in a row.
They were based in an annual study that examines state education policies and student achievement across all 50 state and the district.
Education Week gave Maryland a B-plus in its “Quality Counts 2013” assessment.
Maryland was the only state to earn the grade.
Massachusetts, New York and Virginia have overall grades of B, standing behind Maryland.
These four states maintained the same rankings they held in last year’s report.
According to the publication, Maryland received high marks for its investment in early childhood education and policies related to college and workforce readiness.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said, “Every year, there’s a challenge to sustain the big investment we’ve made in education, but when you see the results and the greater numbers of kids graduating and taking AP courses and entering kindergarten ready to learn, those accomplishments make it a little easier to justify and defend the investment.”