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Columbia Missourian

Missouri ranks No. 41 in Education Week rankings

By The Associated Press
January 10, 2013 | 1:08 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's public schools are 41st in the country in Education Week's annual rankings.

The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Missouri's overall grade was a C, up slightly from last year's grade of C minus.

Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said in a news release that she's pleased to see Missouri's grade inching higher. But she says the state must make greater strides in providing a quality education for all students.

The report examines a number of factors, including elementary reading scores, high school graduation rates, college completion rates and per-student education spending.

Maryland received the highest score in the survey, followed by Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.