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24/7 Wall St.: States with the Best and Worst Schools

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The Best School Systems

2. Massachusetts
State score: 84.1
Overall state grade: B
High school graduation rate: 79.1% (8th highest)
Per pupil expenditure: $13,507 (13th highest)

Massachusetts received the highest grades of all states for both K-12 achievement and chance for success. It was the only state where more than half of fourth and eighth graders scored proficient in mathematics on assessment tests in 2011 — 58.4% and 51.2% respectively. Massachusetts was also the only state in the country where more than 50% of fourth-graders were deemed proficient in reading, as less than a third of students in the U.S. received that distinction. If history is an indicator of future success, outcomes for these students will be strong. More than 69% of 18- to 24-year-olds are enrolled in higher education or have a degree — the highest of all states. It is also the only state where more than half of those ages 25 to 64 have a postsecondary degree.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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