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

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The Best School Systems

5. Arkansas
State score: 81.7
Overall state grade: B-
High school graduation rate: 70.6% (16th lowest)
Per pupil expenditure: $11,275 (25th lowest)

With an A grade, Arkansas scored better than any state except Georgia for transitions and alignments. The state is one of just eight where high schools are required to have a curriculum designed to prepare students for the postsecondary education system. Arkansas also scored second out of all states in the teaching profession category, receiving a score of B+. It is one of just 11 states to have a program that rewards teachers for raising student achievement, and is one of just 10 to provide incentives to principals to work in targeted schools. Despite some impressive scores, Arkansas ranked well below the majority of states in chance for success, K-12 achievement and school finances.

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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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