Education Statistics > Best Educated Index (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: "This fourth Smartest State designation is awarded based on 21 factors chosen from Morgan Quitno’s annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 2005-2006. Featuring four new factors, this year’s award de-emphasizes spending for public schools and instead measures states based on student achievement, positive outcomes and personal attention from teachers." - Morgan Quitno Press

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Rank   States  Amount 
# 1     Vermont: 17.58 
# 2     Connecticut: 15.88 
# 3     Massachusetts: 14.48 
# 4     New Jersey: 12.55 
# 5     Maine: 9.33 
# 6     Minnesota: 8.97 
# 7     Virginia: 8.47 
# 8     Wisconsin: 8.45 
# 9     Montana: 8.3 
# 10     New York: 7.53 
# 11     Pennsylvania: 6.76 
# 12     Nebraska: 6.55 
# 13     Kansas: 4.79 
# 14     Iowa: 4.75 
# 15     New Hampshire: 4.59 
# 16     Rhode Island: 3.11 
# 17     Wyoming: 2.39 
# 18     South Dakota: 2.29 
# 19     Maryland: 2.23 
# 20     North Dakota: 2.06 
# 21     Missouri: 1.93 
# 22     North Carolina: 1.68 
# 23     Colorado: -0.32 
# 24     Texas: -0.44 
# 25     Delaware: -0.93 
# 26     Indiana: -1.34 
# 27     Michigan: -1.41 
# 28     Idaho: -1.46 
# 29     South Carolina: -2.15 
# 30     Washington: -2.17 
# 31     Ohio: -2.73 
# 32     Illinois: -3.07 
# 33     Utah: -3.69 
# 34     West Virginia: -3.77 
# 35     Kentucky: -4.28 
# 36     Florida: -4.41 
# 37     Arkansas: -5.19 
# 38     Oregon: -7.43 
# 39     Oklahoma: -7.74 
# 40     Georgia: -8.04 
# 41     Tennessee: -8.48 
# 42     Hawaii: -9.67 
# 43     Alabama: -11.11 
# 44     Alaska: -11.25 
# 45     Louisiana: -11.56 
# 46     California: -12.57 
# 47     Nevada: -13.11 
# 48     New Mexico: -13.37 
# 49     Mississippi: -14.31 
# 50     Arizona: -17.81 
Weighted average: -0.6  
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SOURCE: Morgan Quitno Press, 2005 via StateMaster

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"Best Educated Index by state", Morgan Quitno Press, 2005. Retrieved from http://www.StateMaster.com/red/graph/edu_bes_edu_ind-education-best-educated-index&b_printable=1

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