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Education Week Says Ohio Has the 12th Best Schools in the Country

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Another day, another group grading Ohio schools.

This time it’s Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report, giving Ohio schools a B-. That makes Ohio the putative 12th best school system in the country by Education Week’s standards.

The Education Week grades are based on dozens of factors, including student academic performance, school financing and state expectations about what students should know.

In 2012 and 2013 reports, Education Week gave Ohio high marks for its accountability system and standards for what students should be learning.

But Ohio got low marks — D’s in fact — for its work on college readiness, spending on education and current student academic performance.

Ohio Department of Education spokesperson John Charlton told WKSU the state is all over the college readiness issue:

“We’re also in the process of implementing a college and career readiness assessment that would be given (most likely) during the sophomore year, so that we can identify students who would need additional help to be prepared for college and career training. Or if those students are ahead of the game, then we can get them into post-secondary options … or even advance them to college.”

Education Week says Maryland possibly has the best schools in the country. And at the bottom of the list, well, sorry, South Dakota.

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