Note how most of the top 10 "smartest" states are blue ones? Look at where Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi are located. I find this survey to be more amusing than anything else. Shit, I live in state #12 and I don't think the people here are that smart!
States Ranked: Smart to Dumb
The smartest state is Vermont. The dumbest is Arizona.
These are the 2005-2006 findings of the Education State Rankings, a survey by Morgan Quitno Press of hundreds of public school systems in all 50 states. States were graded on 21 factors, including student achievement and attendance, positive outcomes, strong student-teacher relationships and school district efficiency. Other factors are the number of high school graduates, reading, writing and math proficiency, percent of school-age kids in public schools, high school drop out rates, student-teacher ratios and class size.
"The Smartest State Award recognizes those states that are committed to students and teachers, emphasize excellence in the classroom and ensure that public elementary and secondary schools are efficiently-run," said Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press. "Vermont shines in many key areas of education. A high percentage of its students excel in reading, writing and math. In addition, schools in Vermont have smaller class sizes and lower pupil-teacher ratios than in most other states."
They're doing something right in New England. Massachusetts was designated the smartest state by Morgan Quitno Press the previous two years, and New England states dominate four of the five top slots this year.
The losers are Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Louisiana, Alaska, Alabama, Hawaii and Tennessee.
How does YOUR state rank?
4. New Jersey
10. New York
15. New Hampshire
16. Rhode Island
18. South Dakota
20. North Dakota
22. North Carolina
29. South Carolina
34. West Virginia
48. New Mexico