Virginia Gets B- In Overall Education Quality

January 9, 2008

(AP) A report released Wednesday gives Virginia a B-minus in overall educational quality, ranking the state fifth in the nation and substantially higher than the U.S. average.

The state received an A, its highest grade, in the "standards, assessments and accountability" category, compared to a B average
nationwide, according to the report by Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week.

The report measured state education in six categories. It also compared teacher pay to salaries of workers in what it calls comparable fields, including computer programmers, physical therapists, reporters and editors.

Virginia teachers earn 82.8 cents for every dollar earned in comparable occupations, or 43rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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