School Districts Where Students Are Least Likely to Succeed by State

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Source: Courtesy of Libby High School via Facebook

Montana: Libby K-12 Schools
> Location: Lincoln County
> Per student spending: $11,037
> High school graduation rate: N/A
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.2%

There are only 63 teachers for every 1,000 students in Montana’s Libby school district, the lowest teacher-to-student ratio of any school district with available data in the state. Students in the district also do not benefit from as much investment as students elsewhere in the state. Libby spends just $11,037 per pupil annually, nearly the lowest average per student spending of any district in Montana and less than half the amount other districts in the state spend per student.

Source: Courtesy of South Sioux City Community School District via Facebook

Nebraska: South Sioux City Community Schools
> Location: Dakota County
> Per student spending: $11,637
> High school graduation rate: 90%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 11.7%

Early childhood education can better prepare students for success later in their academic career, and in Nebraska’s South Sioux City Community Schools, just 32.1% of 3- and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool, compared to 42.3% of the age group across the state as a whole.

Children with well-educated parents are more likely to succeed academically, and in South Sioux City, just 11.7% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, compared to 31.7% of adults across Nebraska.

Source: Courtesy of Nye County School District via Facebook

Nevada: Nye County School District
> Location: Nye County
> Per student spending: $11,570
> High school graduation rate: 79%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 11.5%

As a whole, Nevada has one of the worst education systems in the country, and not surprisingly, the district in the state where students are the least likely to succeed compares unfavorably to most districts nationwide. The district has a lower than average graduation rate and one of the lower teacher-to-student ratios of any district in country.

Source: Courtesy of Manchester School District via Facebook

New Hampshire: Manchester School District
> Location: Hillsborough County
> Per student spending: $11,849
> High school graduation rate: 77%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 28.3%

New Hampshire has one of the best education systems in the country, but that does not mean every district in the state fares as well. With over 14,000 students enrolled, the Manchester School District is one of the larger districts in the state. It is also the district where students have the worst chance of success. The district’s high school graduation rate of 77% is the lowest of any district in the state with comparable data.

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New Jersey: Bridgeton City School District
> Location: Cumberland County
> Per student spending: $16,544
> High school graduation rate: 73%
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 5.0%

Though the Bridgeton City School District has higher than average per-pupil spending, many disadvantages exist outside of the classroom. Children with well-educated parents are more likely to succeed academically, and in the Bridgeton City School District, only 5.0% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the smallest bachelor’s degree attainment rate of any district in the state with available data.