Arkansas earned an overall B- this year from Education Week in its just-released 10th annual Quality Counts, which grades states on education policy and achievement measures. Arkansas scored at or above the national average on three of the four measures and ranked fourth from the top in one of those. "Quality Counts is a respected assessment of educational progress, so it is gratifying to see our state scoring so well. The hard work of Arkansas educators, parents, students and policy-makers is paying off. This is another strong sign that our state no longer dwells at the bottom of lists concerning educational quality," said Dr. Ken James, Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).