The overall grade for our nation was a C (76.3 percent), same grade as last year's 75.9 percent and 2009's 76.2 average.
Schools across the country were graded in the six different areas of policy and performance tracked by the report -- Chance for Success; K-12 Achievement; Standards, Assessments & Accountability; Transitions & Alignment; Teaching Profession; and School Finance.
Although education accounts for approximately one third of the $243 billion in recovery expenditures, with $80.6 billion, the report concluded that the United States has made little progress in improving the opportunities for students to succeed throughout their lives.
State-wise, Maryland topped the chart for the third year in a row, with a B-plus. Massachusetts and New York follow close behind with a B. The majority of states received grades of C-plus or lower.