CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada public schools placed last in the nation in a ranking comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Education Week gave Nevada a "D'' grade, with a score of 65 out of 100 in its "Quality Counts 2017" report made public Wednesday.
The average grade among states was 74.4, for a C average.
Massachusetts ranked first in the nation with a B-plus grade and a score of 86.5. Mississippi and New Mexico also scored "D'' grades, and five other states scored D-plus.
Nevada schools chief Steve Canavero said he doesn't dispute the findings, but is predicting improvement due to funding programs approved by the 2015 Legislature.
Canavero calls the rankings a stark reminder that Nevada deserves a better education system.