Oklahoma public schools among worst in the nation

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OKLAHOMA — Compared to other states, 24/7 Wall St. found that Oklahoma public schools are among the worst schools in the country.

The data is based on Education Week’s Quality Counts 2016. There are three major categories: chance for success, finances, and K-12 achievement.

The chance for success category includes data on family income, parent education and employment, child schooling, and employment opportunities after college.

Graduation rates are defined as the percent of public high school students who graduated on time with a standard diploma for the 2011-12 school year.

All other data are from the most recent available year, and are based on Education Week’s analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau to determine per pupil spending. The finance category incorporates metrics on cost-adjusted per-pupil spending and how equitably spending was distributed across districts in the state.

Here’s how Oklahoma’s report card stacked up according to the website:

  • Overall grade: D+
  • Per pupil spending: $8,638 (7th smallest)
  • High school graduation rate: 79.0% (21st lowest)
  • Pct. of eligible children enrolled in preschool: 40.5% (13th lowest)

Graduation rates and standardized test scores are also low in the Sooner State, but there are some improvements. For instance, fourth grade math and reading test scores improved more than they did in the majority of states from 2003 to 2015.

“While federal, state, and local policies can have considerable impact on education in the United States, the way education is governed is just one of many factors driving educational outcomes,” said Douglas A. McIntyre, Editor-In-Chief and CEO.  “Parents and community leaders, environmental conditions, and the student themselves also play a major role.”

Luckily for Oklahomans, there are 4 other states that fall below us.

Bottom 5 States with the Worst Public Schools

  1. Nevada
  2. Mississippi
  3. New Mexico
  4. Idaho
  5. Oklahoma

But not all of America is doing poorly. In fact, the northeast is looking pretty good in the education category.

Top 5 States with the Best Public Schools

  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Jersey
  3. Vermont
  4. Maryland
  5. Connecticut