(WUSA) -- For the third year in a row, Maryland public schools rank number one in the nation.
The Quality Counts 2011 report by Education Week rates public schools in every state based on education policies, preparing students for the world, and overall achievement. Each state is ranked on a scale of 100 points. Here are the rankings for states in our region:
- Maryland: 87.6 (#1)
- Virginia 81.8 (#4)
- West Virginia: 79.9 (#10)
- District of Columbia: 69.1 (#50)
CHECK ALL 50 STATES + DC: Education Week's Grades
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley released a statement overnight, praising his state. He also said Maryland is in a fight for "our children's future." It reads, in part, "In this fight, there will be some states that lose, and some states that win. For Maryland to win, we must move forward by creating and saving jobs through innovation, and that includes protecting our best-in-the-nation public school system."