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School Districts Where Students are Most Likely to Succeed By State

Source: Courtesy of Blue Valley School District via Facebook

Kansas: Blue Valley Unified School District 229
> Location: Johnson and Miami counties
> Per student spending: $9,576
> High school graduation rate: 95%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 69.6%

Kansas’s Blue Valley Unified School District, located near Kansas City, serves over 22,000 students. Students whose parents have completed a postsecondary education have a greater chance of success throughout their education. In the district, nearly 70% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, more than twice the bachelor’s degree attainment rate across Kansas, which has one of the most highly educated populations.

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Source: Courtesy of Oldham County Schools via Facebook

Kentucky: Oldham County School District
> Location: Oldham County
> Per student spending: $8,994
> High school graduation rate: 96%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 40.4%

A strong early childhood education program can improve education outcomes in any school district. In the Oldham County School District, 64.4% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, one of the highest shares of any district with adequate data in Kentucky. Also, 42.7% of high school students in Oldham are enrolled in advanced placement classes, among the highest AP enrollment rates in the country.

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Source: Courtesy of Plaquemines Parish School Board

Louisiana: Plaquemines Parish School District
> Location: Plaquemines Parish
> Per student spending: $17,786
> High school graduation rate: 91%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 19.3%

Louisiana’s K-12 education system ranks as one of the worst in the country in measures of achievement and student chance for success. Students in the Plaquemines Parish School District, however, are less likely to face some of the problems students in other districts across the state face, particularly problems related to funding. The district’s per student spending of $17,786 is more than double the state’s average per student spending.

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Source: Courtesy of Scarborough Public Schools via Facebook

Maine: Scarborough
> Location: Cumberland County
> Per student spending: $13,864
> High school graduation rate: 95%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 53.1%

In the Scarborough school district, 21.4% of high schoolers take an advanced placement class, and 95% graduate on time, each among the higher shares out of all districts in Maine. Students who live in poverty face additional stress that can affect their academic performance, and in the Scarborough school district, just 5.1% of the population lives below the poverty line, well below the 11.1% state poverty rate.

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Source: Courtesy of Howard County Public School System via Facebook

Maryland: Howard County Public Schools
> Location: Howard County
> Per student spending: $15,476
> High school graduation rate: 92%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 61.2%

Maryland has one of the most highly educated populations in the country, with an adult bachelor’s degree attainment rate of nearly 40%. Students whose parents have a college education are more likely to be successful in school and throughout life, and over 60% of adults in the Howard County Public Schools district have a bachelor’s degree. The district also has one of the highest teacher-to-student ratios in the state.

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