Oklahoma has seventh-worst performing schools in U.S.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
01/23/2020 10:30 AM
NEW YORK – Oklahoma has the seventh-worst performing schools in America, reports financial news website 247wallst.com in a Jan. 21 report identifying the “States with the Best and Worst Schools.” 

24/7 ranked states from best performing down to worst on a variety of measures including school funding, academic achievement and enrollment. Oklahoma ranked 44th overall in five categories:

• High school graduation rate: 82.6% (14th lowest)

• Public school spending: $7,940 per pupil (3rd lowest)

• 3 & 4 yr. olds enrolled in preschool: 41.4% (16th lowest)

• 8th grade proficiency: 25.5% math; 25.6% reading

• Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 25.6% (8th lowest) 

The federal Common Core State Standards Initiative established a uniform set of expectations for American public-school students from kindergarten through 12th grade. However, the authority to establish budgets, standards and curriculums for public school students falls largely to state governments.

Those states ranking lower than Oklahoma were New Mexico (50th), Louisiana (49th), Nevada (48th), West Virginia (47th), Alabama (46th) and Arizona (45th).

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