Neighborhood Scout, a website that collects and analyzes data on U.S. neighborhoods and cities, determined the best and worst public schools in the United States. These Neighborhood Scout lists are based on students’ test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and No Child Left Behind.
For example, the highest-ranking school on the list, the William E. Tolman Senior High School in Pawtucket, had 3,506 disciplinary incidents in the 2011-2012 school year. RIDE records describe all incidents as “suspensions,” but technically, the vast majority of those—3,060—involved alternative disciplinary programs.
Here are some of the worst public schools in the country, based on testing performance data from each state. It can be tough to find the right school. Here are some of the worst public schools in the country, based on testing performance data from each state.