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States With the Best and Worst Schools

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16. Wisconsin
> High school graduation rate: 88.2% (9th highest)
> Public school spending: $11,456.00 per pupil (23rd highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 39.0% (math) 39.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 30.4% (24th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 33.9%

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17. Washington
> High school graduation rate: 79.7% (11th lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,534.19 per pupil (21st highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 41.0% (math) 42.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 35.5% (11th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 32.4%

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18. Indiana
> High school graduation rate: 86.8% (19th highest)
> Public school spending: $9,856.31 per pupil (17th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 38.0% (math) 41.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 26.8% (10th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 39.8%

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19. Kansas
> High school graduation rate: 85.7% (23rd highest)
> Public school spending: $9,959.64 per pupil (19th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 35.0% (math) 37.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 33.7% (14th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 38.0%

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20. South Dakota
> High school graduation rate: 83.9% (23rd lowest)
> Public school spending: $9,175.74 per pupil (11th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 38.0% (math) 36.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 28.1% (16th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 34.6%

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