W.Va. No. 9 in Education Week rankings

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s public schools are ninth in Education Week’s annual rankings, despite receiving an F for student achievement.

West Virginia received an overall B- with a score of 80.8 percent in the “Quality Counts 2013” released Thursday.

The state ranked second in school finance. It received an A-, up from a C-plus in last year’s report.

West Virginia received an A for standards, assessment and accountability, and an A- for early childhood education.

State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares says in a news release that the state’s failing grade for student achievement is disturbing. He says the report reinforces the need to refocus efforts to help county school systems improve student achievement.

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