Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Schools

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21. Delaware
> High school graduation rate: 86.9% (tied — 19th highest)
> Public school spending: $15,302 per pupil (12th highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 48.7% (12th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 29.2% math; 31.0% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.3% (25th highest)

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22. Utah
> High school graduation rate: 86% (25th lowest)
> Public school spending: $7,179 per pupil (the lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 38.0% (10th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 37.3% math; 37.8% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 34.9% (13th highest)

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23. Florida
> High school graduation rate: 82.3% (13th lowest)
> Public school spending: $9,075 per pupil (7th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 49.9% (10th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 30.6% math; 33.9% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 30.4% (25th lowest)

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24. Washington
> High school graduation rate: 79.4% (7th lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,989 per pupil (21st highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 45.0% (25th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 40.0% math; 38.5% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.7% (10th highest)

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25. North Carolina
> High school graduation rate: 86.6% (tied — 22nd highest)
> Public school spending: $9,072 per pupil (6th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 43.8% (22nd lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 36.5% math; 32.9% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.9% (20th highest)

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