Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Schools

46. Alabama
> High school graduation rate: 89.3% (7th highest)
> Public school spending: $9,511 per pupil (11th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 40.9% (15th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 21.3% math; 23.6% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 25.5% (7th lowest)

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47. West Virginia
> High school graduation rate: 89.4% (6th highest)
> Public school spending: $11,554 per pupil (25th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 34.6% (2nd lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 24.1% math; 25.3% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.3% (the lowest)

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48. Nevada
> High school graduation rate: 80.9% (11th lowest)
> Public school spending: $9,320 per pupil (9th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 35.1% (4th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 25.7% math; 28.6% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 24.9% (6th lowest)

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49. Louisiana
> High school graduation rate: 78.1% (4th lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,199 per pupil (22nd lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 48.3% (13th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 23.1% math; 27.2% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 24.3% (4th lowest)

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50. New Mexico
> High school graduation rate: 71.1% (the lowest)
> Public school spending: $9,881 per pupil (13th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 40.4% (14th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 20.7% math; 23.3% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 27.7% (13th lowest)

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