A recent report card revealed by the American Legislative Exchange Council had some harsh things to say about the state’s education system. According to the council, Montana received a “D plus” letter grade. Dave Myslinski Foundation for Excellence in Education said as far as states are concerned, the grade was broken down into two parts:

"One is student performance. We use national assessment for educational progress given to fourth and fifth graders every other year on reading and math," Myslinski said. "That is what guides us for what we're looking for in student performance. Montana came in 34th in the country for student performance. Alongside that, we look at policy grades."

Myslinski said no one received an “A,” but Indiana came close with a “B plus.”

"A lot of this is looking at parental choice, teacher quality, home school regulation, whether charter schools are allowed," Myslinski said. "So as far as policy, that could really improve their policy great, but also have a measurable impact on student performance."

Comparatively, Wyoming is on par with average Myslinski says. Overall, most states were evenly spread when it came to grades, from “B” down to “D.”

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