Study: California Least-Educated State, Last in High School Graduates

Elder Patriot – As much as the liberal elites rely on ignorance to advance their progressive agenda we can be fairly certain they don’t want that fact publicized.  

That may be the reason that you won’t be reading about the latest study on education-level from the Census Bureau.

The study found that California ranks worst among all 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade.  The Golden State is also bringing up the rear for the percentage who have graduated from high school.

According to the Census Bureau data, 9.7 %of California residents 25 and older never completed ninth grade and only 82.5% graduated from high school.

Terry Jeffries at CNS News writes that the 2,510,370 California residents 25 and older who, according to the Census Bureau, never finished ninth grade outnumber the entire populations of 15 other states.

In California, children are required to attend school from six years of age until they are 18. “California’s compulsory education laws require children between six and eighteen years of age to attend school, with a limited number of exceptions,” says the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, an agency of the California state government. (The National Center for Education Statistics also indicates that children in California are compelled by law to attend school from 6 to 18 years of age.)

According to Jeffries:

The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey queries a random sample of more than 3.5 million U.S. households each year and publishes a one-year estimate for each year. The five-year estimate, the bureau says, “is a weighted average of the five one-year estimates.” The newly released five-year estimates are for the period from 2013 through 2017.

In California, according to the Census Bureau’s five-year estimates, the resident population 25 and older was 25,950,818. Of those individuals, 2,510,370—or 9.7 percent–never completed ninth grade.

Another 2,033,160 California residents 25 and older completed the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade—but did not earn a high school diploma. Thus, a total of 4,543,530 California residents 25 and older—or a nation-leading 17.5 percent–have never graduated from high school.

So much for “no child left behind.”