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Arizona public school system ranked worst in America, study says

School quality identified as worst contributing factor
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Posted at 10:23 AM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-19 11:05:02-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona's public school system has ranked worst across the 50 United States of America.

Scholaroo set out to find the most and least educated states in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to determine the best and worst school systems per state, the scholarship-centered website compared three key factors:

  • Student Safety - 45/50
  • Student Success - 46/50
  • School Quality - 50/50

According to, Arizona ranks 47th for the least educated, 38th for educational attainment, 48th for school quality and 48th in the number of colleges/universities per 100,000 adults.

Scholaroo also found the following associated with the Grand Canyon state:

  • Highest spend per pupil - 48/50
  • Lowest teachers' salary - 49/50
  • Lowest graduation rate - 49/50
  • Highest number of students per teacher 50/50

The Arizona Department of Education has identified one issue which may contribute to these low rankings.

Apparently, Arizona has an average student-to-counselor ratio of 716:1, when the recommended standard is 250:1.

This ratio is coincidentally the worst in the nation.

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