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

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The Worst School Systems

4. Mississippi
State score: 71.0 (tied-4th highest)
Overall state grade: C-
High school graduation rate: 62.2% (4th lowest)
Per pupil expenditure: $9,756 (14th lowest)

Mississippi was one of three states, along with Louisiana and West Virginia, to receive a failing grade for K-12 achievement. Only about a quarter fourth-graders in the state were deemed proficient in math in 2011, with less than 20% of eighth graders given the same distinction. Less than 4% of students in grades 11 or 12 received a 3 or above on an advanced placement exam during the year. This is the lowest rate of all states and much worse than the 21.9% across the U.S. In addition to having one of the worst set of public schools overall, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools rated Mississippi as having the worst charter school laws in the country.

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