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Maryland education needs fundamental reform [Commentary]
Maryland education needs fundamental reform [Commentary]

"Maryland, No. 1 in education!" We've heard that boast ad nauseam over the last five years, every time Education Week releases its Quality Counts rankings. We hear it especially from the state's political establishment, as it takes every chance it can to claim credit for this top ranking in the nation. But what does No. 1 really mean? The actual Education Week report — which this year did not include an overall state ranking — and other data show that all that glitters is not gold when it comes to education in Maryland. The Quality Counts report has weighed inputs much more heavily than outputs i.e., student achievement. Only one component of the Quality...

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