Vermont 7th highest graduation rate

by Lou Varricchio

Vermont has one of the nation’s highest rates of high school and college graduation, according to a new online report by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

WalletHub’s report, titled “2021’s Most and Least Educated States in America,” placed Vermont in seventh place among the top 10 states for high school and undergraduate college graduation. The state also has many residents with graduate-level and professional degrees.

In other areas relating to education, Vermont also stands out: the state achieved first place when it comes to closing the gender gap in the classroom. However, it placed 26th closing the racial gap in education showing it has room for improvement.

New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kentucky were at the bottom for high school and college graduation (being states with the fewest diploma and degree holders).

According to Adam McCann, WalletHub financial writer, students have been continuing their education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic with varying effects, positive and negative. In the case of states such as Vermont, the report indicates the U.S. Bureau of Labor data shows a correlation between higher education levels, higher income, and lower unemployment rates.

In order to determine the most educated states, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 metrics that examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races.

McCann noted that in order to determine where Vermont placed, WalletHub compared all 50 states across two key areas: educational attainment and quality of education.

So, how educated is Vermont?

WalletHub used the following scale: 1=most with 25=average. Vermont ranks as follows:

7th – % of high-school diploma holders
17th – % of Associate’s Degree holders or college-experienced adults
7th – % of Bachelor’s Degree holders
6th – % of graduate- or professional-degree holders
11th – Average university quality
26th – Racial gap in educational attainment
1st – Gender gap in educational attainment.

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  1. ‘Come on man’….

    It’s easy for Vermont public schools to graduate students – just give them a diploma.

    While 90 % or so of Vermont’s students graduate, only half of them meet grade level proficiencies.

    This explains why only 40% of Vermont graduates go on to college, and why nearly half of those who do go to college don’t graduate with a degree, even after five years of college attendance.

  2. And where does Vermont rank in the percentage of graduates that earned and deserve the credit for successfully attaining that level of education ? Also, how many of them graduate with degrees in basket weaving, and other truly worth while endeavors ?Just because someone has a degree does not convey relevance or need to what they have spent so much time, and their parents money on.

  3. Highly educated can mean nothing more than a credential. The real question is: what are they “highly educated” in and what have they done with that diploma? Too often it amounts to nothing more than social experimentation – read “activism”. Give me a highly skilled technician or artisan any day. Defund these colleges and universities and fund the trade skills at the same level and watch the world take off.

  4. WalletHub has very Democratic Socialist markings;Public schools in Vermont pass everyone with no child left behind,and the liberal agendas of our colleges are lacking at best! The gender gap data is not close to being true ,as gender is known at birth male or female!The racial gap is also way off,for conservative,Christian,patriots,and constitutional people are ignored,lied about,and called racist,that is a racist statement;We were all created equal,as God and our Constitution says so!!

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