Which States Have the Best School System?

Vox: “A new report from the Urban Institute looked at how students from each state compare with similar students in other states on fourth- and eighth-grade tests in reading and math. The researcher, senior fellow Matt Chingos, adjusted states’ scores based on a variety of factors, including race, ethnicity, the share of students still learning English, and the share of students living in poverty.”

“Using Chingos’s adjusted scores, Massachusetts still looks very good. Texas and Florida look much better. And Utah, which is about average based on test scores alone, slides nearly to the bottom when adjusted for demographics:”

“Instead, nearly every state improved more than would have been expected, adjusted for demographics … And Massachusetts continues to be a standout, with the best scores with or without the demographic adjustment, and one of the biggest leaps in adjusted scores between 2003 and 2013 — even though in 2003 it already had some of the best schools in the country.”

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