Texas public schools rank towards bottom of national study at 36th

Texas finished 36th in a new public education study from the website 24/7 Wall St. that examines such measures as high school graduation rates, per-pupil funding and preschool participation.

In the analysis, which is modeled after the Quality Counts study created by the publication Education Week, Texas was found to have a 12th-grade graduation rate of 89.7 percent, education spending amounting to $9,375 per student and a preschool participation rate among 3- and 4-year-olds of 38.7 percent.

Those obtaining bachelor’s degrees in the state represented 30.3 percent of the adult population.

Top-ranking states in the 24/7 Wall St. analysis demonstrated strong performances in reading and math proficiency, as well as graduating students on time. In nine of the top-10 state educational systems, high school graduation rates came in above 84.6 percent, the report said.

Even in states that ranked toward the bottom of the list, there are schools that perform at above-average levels, the analysis said.

Which States Have the Best Public Schools?

Rank State High School Graduation Rate Public School Spending per Pupil % of 3- and 4-year-olds in Preschool % of Adults With Bachelor’s Degrees
1 Massachusetts 88.3% $16,197 58.4% 44.5%
2 New Jersey 90.5% $18,920 62.1% 40.8%
3 Connecticut 87.9% $19,322 61.7% 39.6%
4 New Hampshire 88.9% $15,683 57.6% 36.8%
5 Vermont 89.1% $18,290 61.7% 38.7%
6 Wyoming 86.2% $16,537 45% 26.9%
7 Minnesota 82.7% $12,647 49.6% 36.7%
8 Nebraska 89.1% $12,579 43.3% 32.4%
9 Pennsylvania 86.6% $15,798 46.9% 31.8%
10 Virginia 86.9% $11,886 48.1% 39.3%
11 Wisconsin 88.6% $11,968 37.1% 30%
12 Illinois 87% $15,337 54.2% 35.1%
13 Maryland 87.7% $14,848 47.6% 40.8%
14 Maine 86.9% $13,690 53.5% 31.5%
15 Iowa 91% $11,461 45.4% 29%
16 New York 81.8% $23,091 55% 37.2%
17 Colorado 79.1% $9,809 49.9% 41.7%
18 Indiana 83.8% $10,045 37.7% 27.1%
19 Ohio 84.2% $12,645 43.6% 29.0%
20 Montana 85.8% $11,443 41.4% 31.7%
21 Delaware 86.9% $15,302 48.7% 31.3%
22 Utah 86% $7,179 38% 34.9%
23 Florida 82.3% $9,075 49.9% 30.4%
24 Washington 79.4% $11,989 45% 36.7%
25 North Carolina 86.6% $9,072 43.8% 31.9%
26 Missouri 88.3% $10,589 47% 29.5%
27 South Dakota 83.7% $9,939 37.8% 29.2%
28 Rhode Island 84.1% $15,943 33.9% 34.4%
29 Kentucky 89.7% $10,121 42.7% 24.8%
30 Kansas 86.5% $10,961 45.8% 33.8%
31 North Dakota 87.2% $13,760 38.5% 29.7%
32 Tennessee 89.8% $9,184 35.3% 27.5%
33 Idaho 79.7% $7,486 36% 27.7%
34 Arkansas 88.0% $9,967 45.4% 23.3%
35 California 82.7% $12,143 45.6% 34.2%
36 Texas 89.7% $9,375 38.7% 30.3%
37 Georgia 80.6% $10,205 46.1% 31.9%
38 Michigan 80.2% $11,907 43.5% 29.6%
39 Oregon 76.7% $11,264 45.2% 34%
40 Mississippi 83% $8,771 45.1% 23.2%
41 South Carolina 83.6% $10,590 39.1% 28.3%
42 Hawaii 82.7% $14,322 44.2% 33.5%
43 Alaska 78.2% $17,838 44.3% 30.2%
44 Oklahoma 82.6% $7,940 41.4% 25.6%
45 Arizona 78% $8,003 35.1% 29.7%
46 Alabama 89.3% $9,511 40.9% 25.5%
47 West Virginia 89.4% $11,554 34.6% 21.3%
48 Nevada 80.9% $9,320 35.1% 24.9%
49 Louisiana 78.1% $11,199 48.3% 24.3%
50 New Mexico 71.1% $9,881 40.4% 27.7%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

This article was first published by The Center Square.

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