Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis issued the following statement after Education Week ranked Maryland first for the fourth straight year in their annual report card on American education. Education Week grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia in six areas related to policy and performance.
Maryland’s number one ranking among all 50 states for the fourth year in a row is a great tribute to Governor O’Malley and Maryland Democrats who have made significant reforms and record investments in public education. When it comes to opportunity, competitiveness, and jobs, nothing is more important than education. Thanks to Governor O’Malley, an outstanding education is within reach of every Maryland child. In these tough times, it is more important than ever to continue to protect investments in education and to ensure we never shortchange Maryland’s children and our future.
Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement on Maryland’s number-one ranking in AP passage rates for the third year in a row on the College Board’s annual “AP Report to the Nation”:
“Maryland is a national model for quality public education even in tough times. Today’s recognition of the highest level of performance on AP exams serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our talented educators, principals, Superintendents, and students who continue to demonstrate outstanding achievement for our public schools.”
“In Maryland, we’ve set a goal to improve student achievement and college and career readiness by 25 percent by 2015. Together, we can build on the progress we’ve made for our best-in-the-nation schools to continue to identify ways to reform and improve so our students can be globally competitive and prepared for the new economy.”