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Oregon Ranked Among Worst States in U.S. for Education

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

 

Oregon is one of the worst states in the U.S. for education. 

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Oregon ranks 43rd in the U.S. for education. 

"Most parents don’t have the luxury of placing their children in exclusive, private or preparatory schools that are known for providing their students with greater individual attention," said WalletHub.

Oregon's Rankings: 

  • 48th: Highest Dropout Rate
  • 48th - Highest Pupil-Teacher Ratio

 

Overall Rankings 

Oregon ranks behind Arizona and Tennessee who rank 41st and 42nd respectively. Oregon ranks ahead of Alabama and Alaska who rank 44th and 45th respectively. 

Louisiana is ranked as the worst state for education. 

See the chart below for the full rankings

Source: WalletHub

 

Methodology

In order to determine the best and worst states for public-school education, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, including “Quality” and “Safety.”

They evaluated those dimensions using 21 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best school-system quality.

Finally, they determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the sample.

Quality – Total Points: 60

  • Presence of Public Schools in “Top 700 Best U.S. Schools”: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • High School Graduation Rate Among Low-Income Students: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Dropout Rate: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Math Test Scores: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Reading Test Scores: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Share of 2016 High School Class Scoring “3” or Higher on Advanced Placement Exams: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Median SAT Score: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Median ACT Score: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Graduates Who Completed ACT and/or SAT: Double Weight (~6.00 Points)
  • Division of SAT Results by Percentile: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Division of ACT Results by Percentile: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio: Full Weight (~3.00 Points)
  • Share of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers: Full Weight (~2.86 Points)

 

Safety – Total Points: 40

  • Share of Threatened/Injured High School Students : Double Weight (~8.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Students Not Attending School Due to Safety Concerns: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Students with Access to Illegal Drugs: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Share of High School Students Participating in Violence: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Share of Armed High School Students: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Bullying Incidence Rate: Double Weight (~8.00 Points)
  • Disciplinary Incidence Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
  • Youth Incarceration Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)

 

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Educational Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. News & World Report, College Board and ACT.

 

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