New Mexico! Will you ever fix your schools? I have lived here since 1995, it only gets worse! SHAME!
From WalletHub
To what extent should states consider education policy as part of a broader economic development strategy?

“As someone who cares deeply about education, I know the importance education policy will have on our future, so states have to consider education policy as a potential economic development strategy. For example, if we create policies to ensure schools not only hire but retain teachers, our youth will have improved chances of succeeding in K-12 thus increasing chances that students enroll in some form of postsecondary education. These youth will go on to become our next generation of entrepreneurs, doctors, nurses, lawyers, real estate investors, and voting taxpaying members of society which will continue to stimulate our economic growth. By creating policies to ensure all students succeed our economy will be a direct beneficiary.”
Dr. Ramon Goings – Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


With people who have college degrees earning around $600 to $1,200 more per week than people with just a high school diploma, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2024’s Most & Least Educated States in America, as well as expert commentary.

In order to determine the most educated states, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 metrics that examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races.

Most Educated States         Least Educated States
1. Massachusetts 41. Texas
2. Vermont 42. New Mexico
3. Maryland 43. Kentucky
4. Connecticut 44. Nevada
5. Colorado 45. Alabama
6. Virginia 46. Oklahoma
7. New Jersey 47. Arkansas
8. New Hampshire 48. Louisiana
9. Minnesota 49. Mississippi
10. Washington 50. West Virginia

Key Stats

  • New Jersey has the highest school system rating, which is 41.2 times higher than in Oklahoma, the state with one of the lowest.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, which is two times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest.
  • Oregon has the lowest racial gap in educational attainment, with the share of black people aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 25.88 percent compared to 23.06 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 2.82 percent favoring black people.

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