States With the Best and Worst Schools

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36. Tennessee
> High school graduation rate: 88.5% (8th highest)
> Public school spending: $8,809.82 per pupil (7th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 30.0% (math) 31.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 27.3% (12th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 43.9%

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37. Oregon
> High school graduation rate: 74.8% (3rd lowest)
> Public school spending: $10,841.59 per pupil (22nd lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 34.0% (math) 36.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 33.7% (14th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 38.1%

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38. Michigan
> High school graduation rate: 79.7% (11th lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,667.99 per pupil (20th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 31.0% (math) 34.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.1% (20th lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 40.5%

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39. Arkansas
> High school graduation rate: 87.0% (17th highest)
> Public school spending: $9,845.57 per pupil (16th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 25.0% (math) 29.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.4% (3rd lowest)
> Children who live in low income families: 48.8%

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40. California
> High school graduation rate: 83.0% (21st lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,495.33 per pupil (22nd highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 29.0% (math) 32.0% (reading)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 33.6% (16th highest)
> Children who live in low income families: 39.5%