As we know the Mid-South is known for its variety but one disturbing trend is developing in the schools.
There's no bell curve in this grading system. It's a shocking educational divide.
The disparity in education in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas is a major concern.
Education Week Magazine ranks every state every year, and there's good news and bad news - and some news that just down right ugly.
These rankings take several factors into consideration, including student achievement, socioeconomics of each state, success rates of students moving from kindergarten all the way into the work force, teacher evaluations, and funding.
READ: Education Week state by state look at education performance
Arkansas, again this year, is considered to be one of the best in the nation. The Natural State currently ranks fifth in overall performance with a B-minus on their report card. Here are some of the key grades they received. The two that stick out are teacher profession and transition and alignment, which is how students are prepared to go from preschool through college.
Tennessee is not too bad, ranking 22nd this year with an overall grade of C-plus. The Volunteers State did well in the area of transitioning students from grade school through college, but really falters in funding and also has a D in K through 12 achievement.
Then there's Mississippi. The Magnolia State gets an over all grade of C-minus and ranks 48th. The grade of F in K thru 12 achievement sticks out in bold red print on its report card. It's dead last according to this yearly study. Combined with a poor teaching profession grade and low funding, the Magnolia State has a lot of ground to make up.