States With the Best and Worst Schools

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41. South Carolina
> High school graduation rate: 82.6% (18th lowest)
> Public school spending: $10,249.07 per pupil (20th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 26.0% (math) 30.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 28.0% (15th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 46.5%

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42. Oklahoma
> High school graduation rate: 81.6% (15th lowest)
> Public school spending: $8,097.02 per pupil (4th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 24.0% (math) 28.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 25.5% (8th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 47.0%

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43. West Virginia
> High school graduation rate: 89.8% (3rd highest)
> Public school spending: $11,290.52 per pupil (25th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 24.0% (math) 28.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 20.2% (the lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 46.3%

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44. Alaska
> High school graduation rate: 76.1% (4th lowest)
> Public school spending: $17,509.98 per pupil (5th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 29.0% (math) 26.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 28.8% (17th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 33.3%

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45. Arizona
> High school graduation rate: 79.5% (8th lowest)
> Public school spending: $7,613.01 per pupil (3rd lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 34.0% (math) 30.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.4% (21st lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 44.8%