Assessments > % of Students Above Advanced > Grade 4 Math

3% 

[40th of 51]

Assessments > % of Students Above Basic > Grade 4 Reading

52% 

[47th of 51]

DEFINITION: The percentage of students that achieved a scale score in the subject of Reading at or above the level of Basic. Basic implies partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work at each grade. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics 
Assessments > % of Students Above Proficient > Grade 8 Writing

20% 

[33rd of 42]

DEFINITION: The percentage of students that achieved a scale score in the subject of Writing at or above the level of Proficient. Proficient implies solid academic performance for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subjectmatter knowledge, application of such knowledge to realworld situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics 
Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 4 Math

230


[47th of 51]

DEFINITION: For each different subject, NAEP creates a scale score based on statistical procedures called item response theory (IRT). IRT is a set of statistical procedures useful in summarizing student performance across a collection of test exercises requiring similar knowledge and skills. All NAEP subject area scales are produced using these procedures. In Math and Reading, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0500. In Science and Writing, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0300.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics 
Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 4 Reading

207


[48th of 51]

DEFINITION: For each different subject, NAEP creates a scale score based on statistical procedures called item response theory (IRT). IRT is a set of statistical procedures useful in summarizing student performance across a collection of test exercises requiring similar knowledge and skills. All NAEP subject area scales are produced using these procedures. In Math and Reading, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0500. In Science and Writing, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0300.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 8 Math

274


[36th of 51]

DEFINITION: For each different subject, NAEP creates a scale score based on statistical procedures called item response theory (IRT). IRT is a set of statistical procedures useful in summarizing student performance across a collection of test exercises requiring similar knowledge and skills. All NAEP subject area scales are produced using these procedures. In Math and Reading, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0500. In Science and Writing, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0300.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

Assessments > Scale Score, Grade 8 Writing

141


[37th of 42]

DEFINITION: For each different subject, NAEP creates a scale score based on statistical procedures called item response theory (IRT). IRT is a set of statistical procedures useful in summarizing student performance across a collection of test exercises requiring similar knowledge and skills. All NAEP subject area scales are produced using these procedures. In Math and Reading, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0500. In Science and Writing, NAEP creates a scale ranging from 0300.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

Bachelor's degree or higher, by percentage

28% 

[17th of 51]

DEFINITION: Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

Best Educated Index

17.81 

[50th of 50]

DEFINITION: "This fourth Smartest State designation is awarded based on 21 factors chosen from Morgan Quitno’s annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 20052006. Featuring four new factors, this year’s award deemphasizes spending for public schools and instead measures states based on student achievement, positive outcomes and personal attention from teachers."  Morgan Quitno Press 
SOURCE: US Census Bureau, 2004. 
Elementary & Secondary > Free Lunch Eligible

377,315


[11th of 46]

DEFINITION: The total count of students eligible to participate in the Free Lunch Program under the National School Act. The Free Lunch program provides cash subsidies for free and reducedprice lunches to students based on family size and income criteria.

SOURCE: Morgan Quitno Press, 2005 
Elementary & Secondary > Pupil/Teacher Ratio

21.3 students per teacher 

[2nd of 51]

DEFINITION: The calculated Pupil Teacher Ratio: The total reported students divided by the FTE classroom teachers. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

Elementary & Secondary > Total Students Black, nonHispanic

48,970


[29th of 50]

DEFINITION: The total number of Black, NonHispanic students enrolled in public school in the state. These data are taken from the CCD State Nonfiscal survey.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics 
Elementary & Secondary Finance > Current Expenditures

$5,891,104,517.00


[21st of 51]

DEFINITION: Total current expenditures for public elementary and secondary education, grades prekindergarten through grade 12, including ungraded students. Expenditures for equipment, nonpublic education, school construction, debt financing and community services are excluded from this data item. Expenditures by state governments for and on behalf of LEAs are included in these expenditures, and all other expenditures here. This is the sum of expenditures for Instruction, Support Services, and Noninstructional Services (excluding Community Services) and Direct Program Support (excluding Support for Private school Students), and excludes Property expenditures. These data are taken from the CCD National Public Education Financial Survey.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

High school diploma or higher, by percentage

84.4% 

[38th of 51]

DEFINITION: Percentage of population over 25 years old with a high school degree or higher. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics

Percent of People Who Have Completed a Bachelor's Degree

24.7 %


[30th of 51]

DEFINITION: Percent of People 25 Years and Over Who Have Completed a Bachelor's Degree, 2004

SOURCE: US Census Bureau, 2004. 
Percent of People Who Have Completed an Advanced Degree

9.2 %


[21st of 51]

DEFINITION: Percent of People 25 Years and Over Who Have Completed an Advanced Degree, 2004

SOURCE: American Community Survey 2004

Postsecondary > Degrees Awarded > Bachelors

26,225 

[19th of 51]

DEFINITION: This is the number of bachelors' degrees awarded. A baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, is an award that normally requires at least 4 but not more than 5 years of fulltime equivalent collegelevel work. This includes all bachelor's degrees conferred in a 5year cooperative (workstudy) program. A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal 4 years of work are completed in 3 years. 
SOURCE: American Community Survey 2004

Postsecondary > Degrees Awarded > Masters

17,464 

[10th of 51]

DEFINITION: This is the number of masters' degrees awarded. A Masters is an award that requires the successful completion of a program of study of at least the fulltime equivalent of 1 but not more than 2 academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics 
Public Libraries > Library Visits per Capita

4


[32nd of 51]

DEFINITION: Library visits per capita is found by dividing the number of library visits by the unduplicated population of the legal service area.

SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics 
Public Libraries > Number of Bookmobiles

14 

[22nd of 50]

DEFINITION: Number of traveling branch libraries. 
SOURCE: National Center for Educational Statistics
