Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Schools

6. Wyoming
> High school graduation rate: 86.2% (25th highest)
> Public school spending: $16,537 per pupil (6th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 45.0% (25th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 37.1% math; 33.9% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 26.9% (9th lowest)

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7. Minnesota
> High school graduation rate: 82.7% (tied — 17th lowest)
> Public school spending: $12,647 per pupil (17th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 49.6% (11th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 44.2% math; 34.2% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.7% (10th highest)

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8. Nebraska
> High school graduation rate: 89.1% (tied — 8th highest)
> Public school spending: $12,579 per pupil (19th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 43.3% (19th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 36.9% math; 33.8% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 32.4% (19th highest)

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9. Pennsylvania
> High school graduation rate: 86.6% (tied — 22nd highest)
> Public school spending: $15,798 per pupil (9th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 46.9% (17th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 38.6% math; 35.2% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.8% (22nd highest)

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10. Virginia
> High school graduation rate: 86.9% (tied — 19th highest)
> Public school spending: $11,886 per pupil (24th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 48.1% (14th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 37.8% math; 33.2% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 39.3% (6th highest)

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