Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Schools

36. Texas
> High school graduation rate: 89.7% (tied — 4th highest)
> Public school spending: $9,375 per pupil (10th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 38.7% (12th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 29.6% math; 25.0% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 30.3% (24th lowest)

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37. Georgia
> High school graduation rate: 80.6% (10th lowest)
> Public school spending: $10,205 per pupil (18th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 46.1% (18th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 31.1% math; 32.1% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 31.9% (20th highest)

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38. Michigan
> High school graduation rate: 80.2% (9th lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,907 per pupil (23rd highest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 43.5% (20th lowest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 31.0% math; 31.5% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.6% (19th lowest)

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39. Oregon
> High school graduation rate: 76.7% (2nd lowest)
> Public school spending: $11,264 per pupil (23rd lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 45.2% (23rd highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 31.4% math; 34.0% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 34.0% (16th highest)

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40. Mississippi
> High school graduation rate: 83% (18th lowest)
> Public school spending: $8,771 per pupil (5th lowest)
> 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 45.1% (24th highest)
> 8th grade proficiency: 24.3% math; 25.0% reading
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.2% (2nd lowest)

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