Special Report

The Worst School District in Each State

Source: Chickasaw City Schools / Facebook

1. Alabama
> Worst school district: Chickasaw City School District
> Location: Mobile County
> Per student spending: $8,347 (total enrollment: 950)
> High school graduation rate: N/A
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 12.4%

Source: hydaburg.k12.ak.us

2. Alaska
> Worst school district: Hydaburg City School District
> Location: Prince of Wales-Hyder Cen
> Per student spending: $33,825 (total enrollment: 80)
> High school graduation rate: N/A
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 4.5%

Source: Google Maps Data 2017

3. Arizona
> Worst school district: Duncan Unified District
> Location: Greenlee County
> Per student spending: $10,770 (total enrollment: 322)
> High school graduation rate: N/A
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 13.1%

Editor’s Note: Based on an examination of the National Center for Education Statistics database from the U.S. Department of Education used as part of the research for this article, 24/7 Wall St. believes that due to a reporting error with regards to the Arizona Department of Education the high school graduation rate for St. Johns Unified School District is incorrect.  We have taken St. Johns Unified District off the list and replaced it with the Duncan Unified School District in Arizona.

Source: Brandonrush / Wikimedia Commons

4. Arkansas
> Worst school district: Osceola School District
> Location: Mississippi County
> Per student spending: $10,307 (total enrollment: 1,369)
> High school graduation rate: 44.9%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 8.2%

Source: Courtesy of Maricopa AZ Info

5. California
> Worst school district: Maricopa Unified School District
> Location: Kern County
> Per student spending: $1,988 (total enrollment: 2,438)
> High school graduation rate: 28.4%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 10.3%

Editor’s Note: Because of inaccuracies possibly due to migration, district boundary changes, school attendance area changes, or other technical factors, a previous version of this article incorrectly identified Mendota Unified School District as the worst school district in California. The error has been corrected.