The White House released state-by-state graduation rates today (Oct. 17, 2016) for the 2014-15 school year showing that Alabama ranks as the third best in the country with a rate of 89.3 percent. This is better than Massachusetts with 87.3 percent.
Alabama’s rate increased from 72 percent in 2010-11 to 89.3 percent in 2014-15. This was a gain of 17.3 percent which lead the nation. In fact, it was the only state with a double digit gain in four years. Massachusetts increased 4.3 percent over the same time span.
As we’ve pointed out in the last few weeks, Alabama leads Massachusetts in SAT scores, we have made as much progress in NAEP scores since 1992 as they have, the achievement gap between poverty and non-poverty and black and white students is less in Alabama than it is in the Bay State and we had more Blue Ribbon schools (five) this year than Massachusetts (three).
Governor Bentley constantly preaches stewardship of tax dollars. Instead of continually saying that Alabama schools are “pitiful,” perhaps he should stop and think for a moment that though Massachusetts spends $5,000 more per public school student each year than Alabama does, we still hold our own in several measures.
Could it be that taxpayers in Alabama are actually getting much more “bang for their education buck” than taxpayers in Massachusetts?