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Top 10 Best (& Worst) States Academically [INTERACTIVE INFOGRAPHIC]

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Over the past few decades, the U.S. education system has lost ground academically to our international counterparts. On the 2013 PISA rankings of 34 OECD countries, the U.S. scored in the middle of the pack or worse in math, science, and reading. The country’s poor performance could have major implications for the future, impacting the economy as a whole as employers struggle to recruit qualified workers and innovation is stymied.

This interactive infographic explores the state of the U.S. education system as it relates to the states themselves. Using data from a number of sources, including the College Board, ACT, and the annual Leaders & Laggards study, we’ve compiled a list of the top and bottom academic performers. Though not a definitive list, our assessment takes into account numerous data points such as states’ ACT and SAT participation rates and their AP STEM passage rates.

Click on each state for individual infographic profiles here.

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