Maryland's place on a national ranking of state public schools fell once again this year from fourth to fifth place.
Education Week, the national newspaper that ranks state education systems based on statistical information, placed the state behind Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire on its Quality Counts report which was released Wednesday.
From 2009 through 2013, Maryland held first place in the rankings - a record cited frequently by politicians, business leaders and others looking to attract investment and families to the state. In 2014, Education Week did not rank states. In 2015, the state's place fell after the ranking system changed.