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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106

State’s Schools Get Top Honors From Two Separate Groups

MALDEN - The success of the state’s public school students has led the Massachusetts public schools to receive two separate honors for excellence.

For the second year in a row the independent research and publishing company Morgan Quitno Press in Lawrence, Kansas has named Massachusetts the “Smartest State” in its annual Education State Rankings publication. The award is based on 21 separate factors, including per pupil expenditures, public high school graduation rates, student reading, writing and math proficiency and pupil-teacher ratios.

The top five states are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Wisconsin.

The second honor the state’s schools just received came from the not-for-profit and non-partisan National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The Group’s recent report “Measuring Up 2004” ranked Massachusetts the top overall in student preparedness for college. The group also gave out overall “A” grades to just seven states: Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Utah.

“Too often we lose sight of just how far we have come as a state, but our successes are often touted nationwide,” said Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll. “These honors serve as just rewards for the hard work we have done, and once more make me proud of all of our teachers and students. We are leading the nation because of their efforts, commitment and dedication.”

For more information on the Morgan Quitno Press look online at For more information on the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, look online at

Last Updated: October 19, 2004
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