- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

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 tells the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/2iQYUba ) he doesn’t dispute the findings.

But he’s 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.

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