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The dumbest state is Arizona? I thought it was Mississippi. Im surprised Hawaii is so low.
States Ranked: Smart to Dumb
The smartest state is Vermont. The dumbest is Arizona.
These are the 2005-2006 findings of the Education State Rankings, a survey by Morgan Quitno Press of hundreds of public school systems in all 50 states. States were graded on 21 factors, including student achievement and attendance, positive outcomes, strong student-teacher relationships and school district efficiency. Other factors are the number of high school graduates, reading, writing and math proficiency, percent of school-age kids in public schools, high school drop out rates, student-teacher ratios and class size.
"The Smartest State Award recognizes those states that are committed to students and teachers, emphasize excellence in the classroom and ensure that public elementary and secondary schools are efficiently-run," said Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press. "Vermont shines in many key areas of education. A high percentage of its students excel in reading, writing and math. In addition, schools in Vermont have smaller class sizes and lower pupil-teacher ratios than in most other states."
They're doing something right in New England. Massachusetts was designated the smartest state by Morgan Quitno Press the previous two years, and New England states dominate four of the five top slots this year.
The losers are Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Louisiana, Alaska, Alabama, Hawaii and Tennessee.
How does YOUR state rank?
4. New Jersey
10. New York
15. New Hampshire
16. Rhode Island
18. South Dakota
20. North Dakota
22. North Carolina
29. South Carolina
Originally posted by bulliver I thought Kansas would be lower, since the school board there doesn't seem to understand the difference between science and faith...
While I completely agree w/ you...we prob. should start this kind of discussion. People get very touchy about politics/religion, thus, these are not topics that should probably be discussed on a forum. Sorry to burst your bubble, but I believe the mods have consistently shut down threads regarding polititcs/religion
I would like to see that list compared to a list of what state spends on education per student. Or at least what percentage of their state budget goes toward education.
I'm from TN and it doesn't surprise me where we are. We have a bottomless budget pit called TennCare. It's a broken system that beaurocrats keep thinking they can just throw money at to fix, which of course takes away from something as important as education.
Unless Texas is cleaning up it's act with it's sh****y education reform that Bush Jr. left behind to go on to the Whitehouse, usually Texas is ranked around 48th.. but I'm sure they only sampled certain schools and not all of them as I still think Texas has some of the crappiest public schools in the nation, trust me, I went to them and read about it all the time living here. I have friends who teach and I tell them all the time they should move out of state just to make a decent living from it, as Texas is one of the lowest paying states for teachers as well.. in my opinion, Texas should be in the bottom ten, I don't trust that list provided as there were even ways for Texas not to provide all number of highschool dropouts, etc. Sorry, been reading the book Bushwhacked and it's got some great coverage of the education down here in the Lone Star State...
Heh, Colorado does have the highest per-capita of College graduates than any other state.......but you would not know that when driving here......these Idiots will fly down Interstate 25 @ 60 mph in a blinding snowstorm.......I am totally serious, I drive a big rig everyday and this is what I see in the winter time.........So it really does not suprise me that Colorado is ranked 23rd