Wyoming topped the list nationally in school finance, followed by New York and New Jersey. The Quality Counts report card grade is based on a comprehensive analysis of data ranking states for education opportunities and performance based on school finance.
In January, Education Week magazine released each state’s chance for educational success. Overall, Wyoming schools ranked 79.4 percent, based on 13 indicators including family income, preschool enrollment, and high school graduation rates. The nationwide average overall score is 79 percent.
This month’s report, focusing on school finance, gives the U.S. an overall grade of C, or 74.9 percent. Wyoming gets an A, or 92.8 percent, which is broken down further into equity and spending, graded at 90 and 95.6 percent, respectively.
Looking at neighboring states, South Dakota gets a D+, or 67.1 percent, overall grade, falling slightly behind Colorado’s D+ grade with 67.3 percent. Montana ranks marginally higher at a C-, or 72.2 percent.
Wyoming also tops the nation, spending an average of $18,090 per student, compared to the national average of $12,756.
This fall, Quality Counts will release their K-12 Achievement Index based on graduation rates, academic scores and other indicators.