Louisiana: one of the most uneducated states in America

Louisiana continues to be one of the least-educated states in America, study shows.

Louisiana is ranked in the bottom 5 of the most educated states in America, according to a study announced Tuesday, Feb. 16, from personal finance site WalletHub.

Louisiana ranked No. 48 in the annual list of most educated states.

To determine the most and least educated states in America, WalletHub looked primarily at the percentage of adults with high school or college degrees, but also at “quality of education,” according to the report’s methodology.

Researchers measured quality of education by factoring in U.S. News and World Report’s school systems rating, the ranking of state universities on WalletHub’s best colleges and universities ranking, public high school graduation rate, test scores, equity of education, and more.

Louisiana ranked No. 42 in quality of education, No. 48 in percent of people with high school or college degrees, according to the report. Louisiana finished above Mississippi and West Virginia and below Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas.

While Louisiana ranks low, several cities in the state are rated in WalletHub’s separate study of most educated American cities. In that study, Shreveport-Bossier City rank No. 131 in most educated cities; Lafayette ranks No.136 and Baton Rouge ranks No. 112. The report listed 150 cities.