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    Arkansas ranks No. 5 in Education Week rankings

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' public schools are fifth in the country in Education Week's annual rankings.

    The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Arkansas' overall grade was a B minus.

    Arkansas received an A grade for its standards, assessments and accountability. It also got an A for transitions and alignment, which tracks state policy efforts to coordinate kindergarten through 12th grade education with early learning, post-secondary education and the workforce.

    But the publication gave Arkansas a D grade for kindergarten through 12th grade achievement.

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

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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