January 13, 2012 11:51:00 AM
JACKSON -- Mississippi's K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance.
Though the state's school system gets good marks for high standards, Education Week's Quality Counts report gives the system a C- overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. Mississippi ranked 45th among the states, with South Dakota getting the worst grade, a D+. Education Week gave its best grade, a B+, to Maryland. The publisher of the weekly education newspaper gave Mississippi an 'F' on K-12 achievement, which is mostly based on scores on the National Association of Educational Progress, although scores did show improvement in some areas. Mississippi did get an A for its state standards, which officials attribute to recent upgrades.
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