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Mississippi public schools among worst in the nation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Have you ever wondered which states have the best and worst public schools?

Where does Mississippi stand?

According to 24/7 Wall Street, a news and opinion website, the quality of Mississippi’s public school system is among the worst of any state.

Public schools in Mississippi have one of the lowest education levels in the country and the lowest annual household income.

Mississippi has a weak tax base, and this lower tax revenue is part of the reason there is such a low budget for education spending.

Here are the statistics:

- Overall grade: D
- Per pupil spending: $9,353 (14th smallest)
- High school graduation rate: 68.0% (2nd lowest)
- Pct. of eligible children enrolled in preschool: 49.1% (13th highest)

Another contributing factor is that parents in Mississippi are less-educated and less likely to have a college degree themselves. 

At least one parent of just 41 percent of children in Mississippi have a college degree, one of the lowest proportions of any state in the country.

Just one in five Mississippi eighth graders perform proficiently on reading standardized tests.

While test performance among U.S. students is not especially high across the board, this is still the lowest such score nationwide.

Check out our slide show to see how other states ranked in the Country.

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