School Districts Where Students Are Least Likely to Succeed by State

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Source: Courtesy of Adams 14 School District via Facebook

Colorado: Adams County School District 14
> Location: Adams County
> Per student spending: $9,666
> High school graduation rate: 66%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 8.2%

Just 66% of the class of 2017 graduated on time in Colorado’s Adams County School District 14, one of the lowest high school graduation rate of any district in the state. Children with well-educated parents are more likely to succeed academically, and in the district, only 8.2% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the smallest share of any district in the state with available data.

Source: Courtesy of Hartford Public Schools via Facebook

Connecticut: Hartford School District
> Location: Hartford County
> Per student spending: $20,118
> High school graduation rate: 69%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 16.6%

Connecticut is home to some of the most affluent communities — and to many of the best school districts nationwide. Hartford School District, however, has a median annual household income of $33,841, less than half the state median household income of $74,168. The district, facing challenges common to districts in low-income communities, has a high school graduation rate of 69%, the worst in the state. Just 2.5% of high school students in the district are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, and the teacher-to-student ratio is well below that of some of the more affluent districts in the state.

Source: Courtesy of Lake Forest High School - Felton, Delaware via Facebook

Delaware: Lake Forest School District
> Location: Kent County
> Per student spending: $12,296
> High school graduation rate: 85%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 18.7%

Students in Lake Forest School District in Delaware’s Kent County face some of the biggest obstacles to their success. The district, about 40 miles south of the state’s best district, Appoquinimink School District, has a 22.7% child poverty rate and an 85% high school graduation rate, compared to Appoquinimink’s 5.9% child poverty rate and 95% graduation rate

Source: Courtesy of Gadsden County Public Schools - Florida via Facebook

Florida: Gadsden County School District
> Location: Gadsden County
> Per student spending: $9,705
> High school graduation rate: 50%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 16.3%

The Gadsden County School District in Florida ranks as the state’s worst district. The district’s 4.4% enrollment rate of high school students in AP courses is one of the lowest in the state. Only about 50% of high school students graduated on time in 2017, the lowest graduation rate in the state and one of the lowest in the country.

Source: Courtesy of Emanuel County Schools via Facebook

Georgia: Emanuel County School District
> Location: Emanuel County
> Per student spending: $9,406
> High school graduation rate: 79%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 12.5%

Enrollment in Advanced Placement courses can be a sign of students’ preparedness to reach college and excel there. Just 0.4% of high school students in Georgia’s Emanuel County School District enroll in AP courses. For contrast, Georgia’s best district, the Decatur City School District, has a high school AP enrollment rate of 42.7%