A majority of students in Vermont public schools failed to meet proficiency levels in fourth and eighth-grade mathematics and reading, and SAT and ACT scores improved slightly, despite its having some of the highest per-pupil expenditures in the country, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Using nationally recognized test results, the ALEC Report Card on American Education ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia accordingly, one being the best and 51 the worst. Minnesota placed first in the unique ranking, Washington, D.C. last, and Vermont 2.
"States across the country have proved that through education reforms rooted in freedom and accountability, more can be done with less," said Jeff W. Reed, director of ALEC's Education Task Force. "But it is up to state lawmakers to give taxpayers a break and parents and students the opportunity to choose what works best for them."