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Education Week 'Quality Counts 2011' Rates U.S. Schools 'Average'

Report Card

First Posted: 01/11/11 06:00 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Education Week has published Quality Counts 2011, this year's annual education report card, and its main conclusion is a wide, groaning yawn at our country's educational progress.

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.

Visit Education Week to read the full Quality 2011 report and find out how your state did with the interactive state report cards.

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Filed by Victoria Fine  |