Montana Schools Earn a C-

By Beacon Staff

HELENA (AP) – Montana was given an overall grade of C-minus for its education system in a new national report.

That compares to a national average of C in the 2008 Quality Counts report, released Wednesday by the nationally distributed publication Education Week.

Montana fared well in giving children a chance to succeed. It did not do as well in categories such as school funding and how the state manages and supports the teaching profession.

State education leaders have been critical of the annual report’s findings in the past, saying its measurement tools aren’t a good way of looking at things in Montana.