States With the Best and Worst Schools

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26. New York
> High school graduation rate: 80.4% (13th lowest)
> Public school spending: $22,366.37 per pupil (the highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 34.0% (math) 34.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.0% (10th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 38.9%

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27. Florida
> High school graduation rate: 80.7% (14th lowest)
> Public school spending: $8,919.96 per pupil (8th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 29.0% (math) 35.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.7% (23rd lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 45.2%

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28. North Carolina
> High school graduation rate: 85.9% (22nd highest)
> Public school spending: $8,792.05 per pupil (6th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 35.0% (math) 33.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.3% (24th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 42.5%

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29. Rhode Island
> High school graduation rate: 82.8% (20th lowest)
> Public school spending: $15,531.56 per pupil (8th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 30.0% (math) 37.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 33.5% (17th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 32.4%

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30. Missouri
> High school graduation rate: 89.0% (6th highest)
> Public school spending: $10,312.78 per pupil (21st lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 30.0% (math) 35.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.1% (20th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 40.5%