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Arkansas ranked fifth in education

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For the second year in a row, Education Week magazine has ranked Arkansas fifth in the nation in its annual ranking of states' educational policies and performance, though the state once again earned low marks in areas where it has long struggled — students' achievement and chance of success.

The magazine's Quality Counts 2013 report, released Thursday, gives Arkansas an overall grade of B-minus, the same as last year. The only states scoring higher were, in descending order, Maryland with a B-plus and Massachusetts, New York and Virginia, each with a B.

The nation as a whole received a C-plus.

Find the entire report on Arkansas News Bureau.