Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Schools

11. Wisconsin
> High school graduation rate: 88.6% (11th highest)
> Public school spending: $11,968 per pupil (22nd highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 37.1% (7th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 41.3% math; 38.5% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 30.0% (22nd lowest)

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12. Illinois
> High school graduation rate: 87% (18th highest)
> Public school spending: $15,337 per pupil (11th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 54.2% (7th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 33.8% math; 35.5% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 35.1% (12th highest)

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13. Maryland
> High school graduation rate: 87.7% (16th highest)
> Public school spending: $14,848 per pupil (13th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 47.6% (15th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 32.6% math; 36.0% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 40.8% (3rd highest)

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14. Maine
> High school graduation rate: 86.9% (tied — 19th highest)
> Public school spending: $13,690 per pupil (16th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 53.5% (8th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 33.6% math; 35.5% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.5% (24th highest)

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15. Iowa
> High school graduation rate: 91% (the highest)
> Public school spending: $11,461 per pupil (25th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 45.4% (21st highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 32.6% math; 32.6% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.0% (16th lowest)

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