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For the fifth consecutive year, Maryland was ranked No. 1 by Education Week in the publication’s Quality Counts report, giving state officials a chance to crow.

“From the earliest days of our administration, job creation and its primary ingredient, education, have topped our agenda,” Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said in a statement. “Every year of this administration, even during the toughest of times, we have invested to make this a reality.”

The report by the national education publication scores each state in a series of categories, including school finance, standards and assessments, college readiness, early-childhood education and teacher accountability. Maryland scored 100 percent in early-childhood education and in economy and work force. The overall state score was 87.5 percent, while the national average was 76.9 percent.

“Maryland public schools are so fortunate to have bipartisan support throughout the state,” Lillian M. Lowery, the state superintendent, said in a statement. “This ranking could not be achieved without the support of every partner, and we won’t be able to continue our improvement without that broad coalition.”

Trailing Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Arkansas rounded out the Top Five.

Education Week assembles the Quality Counts report from data from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the American Federation of Teachers, as well as a policy survey by the publication’s staff.

–– Holly Nunn