States With the Best and Worst Schools

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31. Hawaii
> High school graduation rate: 82.7% (19th lowest)
> Public school spending: $13,748.28 per pupil (14th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 27.0% (math) 30.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 32.9% (18th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 27.1%

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32. Kentucky
> High school graduation rate: 88.6% (7th highest)
> Public school spending: $9,862.91 per pupil (18th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 29.0% (math) 34.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 24.0% (5th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 42.5%

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33. Texas
> High school graduation rate: 89.1% (5th highest)
> Public school spending: $9,015.87 per pupil (10th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 33.0% (math) 28.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.6% (22nd lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 44.4%

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34. Idaho
> High school graduation rate: 79.7% (11th lowest)
> Public school spending: $7,157.40 per pupil (2nd lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 35.0% (math) 39.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 26.8% (10th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 41.5%

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35. Georgia
> High school graduation rate: 79.4% (7th lowest)
> Public school spending: $9,768.71 per pupil (15th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 31.0% (math) 35.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 30.9% (25th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 43.9%