Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Schools

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16. New York
> High school graduation rate: 81.8% (12th lowest)
> Public school spending: $23,091 per pupil (the highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 55.0% (6th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 33.5% math; 32.5% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 37.2% (8th highest)

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17. Colorado
> High school graduation rate: 79.1% (6th lowest)
> Public school spending: $9,809 per pupil (12th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 49.9% (9th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 36.9% math; 37.7% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 41.7% (2nd highest)

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18. Indiana
> High school graduation rate: 83.8% (21st lowest)
> Public school spending: $10,045 per pupil (16th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 37.7% (8th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 37.4% math; 37.0% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 27.1% (10th lowest)

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19. Ohio
> High school graduation rate: 84.2% (23rd lowest)
> Public school spending: $12,645 per pupil (18th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 43.6% (21st lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 37.5% math; 38.1% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.0% (16th lowest)

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20. Montana
> High school graduation rate: 85.8% (24th lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,443 per pupil (24th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 41.4% (17th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 35.7% math; 34.3% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.7% (23rd highest)

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