States With the Best and Worst Schools

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1. Massachusetts
> High school graduation rate: 87.5% (13th highest)
> Public school spending: $15,592.74 per pupil (7th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 50.0% (math) 49.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 43.4% (the highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 26.7%

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2. New Jersey
> High school graduation rate: 90.1% (2nd highest)
> Public school spending: $18,402.35 per pupil (3rd highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 44.0% (math) 47.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 39.7% (3rd highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 29.4%

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3. New Hampshire
> High school graduation rate: 88.2% (9th highest)
> Public school spending: $15,340.22 per pupil (10th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 45.0% (math) 45.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.9% (8th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 22.8%

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4. Connecticut
> High school graduation rate: 87.4% (15th highest)
> Public school spending: $18,957.84 per pupil (2nd highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 36.0% (math) 44.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 38.7% (5th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 29.3%

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5. Vermont
> High school graduation rate: 87.7% (11th highest)
> Public school spending: $17,872.88 per pupil (4th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 39.0% (math) 45.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 38.3% (7th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 33.6%