Student SAT scores are an important indicator of college preparedness. Where a child grows up and gets educated can dramatically alter his or her performance and opportunities in life. Here are the Best and Worst States for SAT Scores for 2008.
Editors Note: For the latest 2009 State Sat Scores got to State SAT Scores 2009
For the latest in Best States for Jobs 2009 go to Best States for Job Openings September 2009
According to the CollegeBoard SAT 2008 College-Bound Seniors State SAT reports the Best and Worst States for SAT scores are:
Best States for SAT Scores
Rank State R M W Total
1. Iowa 608 613 586 1807
2. Illinois 594 611 588 1793
3. Minnesota 596 603 577 1776
4. Missouri 594 594 587 1775
5. South Dakota 598 602 567 1767
Worst States for SAT Scores
Rank State R M W Total
51. Maine 466 465 457 1388
50. Dist of Columbia 478 462 471 1411
49. South Carolina 488 496 475 1459
48. Hawaii 484 506 473 1463
47. Florida 497 496 476 1469
46. Georgia 494 495 483 1472
R- Critical Reading M-Mathematics W-Writing
It is also interesting to see where some of our most populated states are ranked.
California is ranked 35, New York 44 and Texas is 41. Employers may also want to take note of these rankings.
The Associated Press just put up a story on Best and Worst States for Jobs. The story highlights our recent list of Best and Worst States for Employment. It identifies some of the root causes for employment decline. They are: The collapse of housing. The implosion of the auto industry. The meltdown of financial services. The exodus of manufacturing. The link is:
Our entry listing the Labor Department’s December employment numbers lists the Best 5 States, (Wyoming has lowest unemployment at 3.2%) and the Worst 5 States (Michigan has the highest Unemployment at 9.6%). Our entry link is:
Depending on the state you live, you may have more difficulty working in your desired occupation. Licensing rules make it harder for people to work as in many cases you must spend money for licensing before knowing if you have work. It limits supply of workers by making it harder for workers to get a job. Reason Magazine’s study of Occupational licensing highlights states’ occupational licensing requirements. They even list the “Most Outrageous Licensing Laws.” Can you imagine that you must have license to be a florist in Louisiana? No other state does that! Can you imagine that you must have a license to be a junkyard dealer in Ohio? No other state has that requirement. If you travel into Vermont as a photographer you must have a license. Yet if you live in Vermont you are qualified. And in Iowa you must have a license to be a munure applicator. I wonder if there is a special course you can take online to qualify for that!!!! Licensing requirements hurt workers. The Best and Worst States follow. Go to www.reason.org/news/occupational_licensing_rankings_082407.shtml for the full report.
Worst States to Work # Job Licenses
1. California 177
2. Connecticut 155
3. Maine 134
4. New Hampshire 130
5. Arkansas 128
Best States to Work
1. Missouri 41
2. Washington 43
3. Kansas 56
4. South Carolina 60
5. Idaho 61
With Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich in the news concerning corruption charges, what states are the worst states for political corruption? There are some pretty good candidates. Is it Illinois, Louisiana, California, New York, Florida or Ohio?
According to the Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section (www.usdoj.gov/criminal/pin/docs/arpt-2006.pdf ) the Best and Worst States for Corruption convictions during the 10 year period of 1997-2006 were:
The Most Political Convictions:
1. Florida 809
2. New York 762
3. California 753
4. Pennsylvania 566
5. Ohio 538
6. Illinois 524
The Least Political Convictions:
1. Vermont 12
2. Nebraska 13
3. New Hampshire 14
4. Wyoming 16
5. Maine 25
Some high profile scandals and corruptions have to put New York, New Jersey and Connecticut up for consideration with each having a Governor step down in disgrace.
Louisiana has the highest per capita political corruption rate with 7.67 convictions per 100,000 of population. Yet it would be hard not to still consider Illinois as the Worst State for Political Corruption with its history of scandal.
Northern New England appears to be a good place for integrity in the politics.
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The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council in December released its 13th annual “Small Business Survival Index for 2008: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship across the Nation.”
The Best and Worst Sates for Entrepreneurs are:
1. South Dakota 51. Washington DC
2. Nevada 50. New Jersey
3. Wyoming 49. California
4. Florida 48. Maine
5. Washington 47. Rhode Island
The study covers a broad area of policy matters from tax to regulation and is full of great info. It can be found on the home page of the Council at:
If you are thinking of starting a business or want to work in a state that fosters small business check it out.
December 2008 Labor Department Results show the Best and Worst for Employment.
If you are looking for employment, this might help.