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Maryland high schools ranked first by U.S. News and World Report

Maryland high schools have been ranked the best in the nation for the third year in a row by U.S. News and World Report.

Florida finished second and California third in the rankings released this week based on Advanced Placement scores, state tests results and graduation rates.

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Winston Churchill, Thomas S. Wootton and Poolesville high schools in Montgomery County were ranked the top three in Maryland. Marriotts Ridge and River Hill high schools in Howard County were ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.

In February, Maryland slipped to second place in a ranking of states based on the percentage of students to pass an AP test. That ranking by the nonprofit College Board found 30.4 percent of high school seniors in Maryland passed the rigorous exams last year.

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