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Improvement Found in American Schools, Report Says

By Deborah Williams

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Despite what you may have heard over recent years about the state of America’s public schools, a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, shows that, overall, public education in America is improving.

The America’s Promise Alliance website reports that the country is on track to reach its goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.  This is due in large part to notable improvement in the performance of Hispanics and African American students and a decline in dropouts.   The site delineates three Key Report Findings:

Within the report, the states were ranked from best to worst based on policy, standards, and progress in K-12 education.  The Take Part website posts “The 5 Best States for Education (and the 5 Worst)” in a slideshow.  Here are the rankings:

The 5 Worst States for Education

46. Alaska

47. Mississippi

48. Idaho

49. Nevada

50. South Dakota

The 5 Best States for Education

1. Maryland

2. Massachusetts

3. New York

4. Virginia

5. Arkansas

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