New Report Indicates Pennsylvania’s Educational Attainment Lags National Average

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Pennsylvania needs to put some thought into improving its educational attainment according to a new report by WalletHub which puts the state in the bottom half of its most educated states list, writes Michelle Caffrey for Philadelphia Business Journal.

In the annual ranking Pennsylvania came in 28th, significantly below neighboring New Jersey and Delaware, which came in at 10th and 17th, respectively. Massachusetts is the most educated state with 80.65, while West Virginia is in last with a score of 11.99.

In the study, WalletHub examined the key determinants of a well-educated population, including educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races.

The list was compiled using eleven different metrics separated in two main categories. Educational Attainment can provide 80 points while Quality of Education & Attainment Gap is up to 20 points.

Pennsylvania lagged in the educational attainment category, which measured the highest level of degree that was achieved by adults aged 25 or older, ranking it 29 out of 50 states.

In Quality of Education & Attainment Gap it ranked significantly better, cracking the top 20 at 16. This gave the commonwealth total of 45.21 points, but still leaving a lot of room for improvement.

Read more about the report at Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.


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