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ATLANTA -- A new report ranks Georgia at 17 in the nation when it comes to achievement in kindergarten through 12th grades. But that ranking does not tell the whole story.

The grade is below the national average of C -- nearly 74%.

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The Education Week annual Quality Counts report includes a look at the chances for success in education. The U.S. Average is a C+ -- about 77%.


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The bigger picture on a map of states shows Georgia joins the rest of the Southern states with average grades.

The Georgia ranking of 17 for K-12 achievement is based on 18 measures, including graduation rates and results of AP exams.