CHAMLA, B.C. — The National Education Association has released a list of best states to study for an undergraduate degree, based on the most recent data available from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
A total of 4,074 students from 1,634 Canadian provinces and territories were selected to participate in the national assessments, which were administered in December 2016 and April 2017.
The top-performing provinces were followed by British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Students in the U.S. ranked second with a cumulative score of 14,871.
The best performing states in terms of average test scores were California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.
California had the highest average score of 21,084, followed by Texas with 20,749 and Connecticut with 19,932.
Texas ranked second in terms (average score) of its best performers and New York was fourth.
While the top three states with the most students per capita were Texas and California, the best performing state was Connecticut with just 1,049 students per 100,000 people.
Other top performing states were Virginia, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
In the U of A, the UBC’s Education Research and Development Center ranked the best schools based on their students per test score, which has been used as a measure of student achievement.
“The UBCs data shows that the highest-performing students are the students who graduate first, who are more likely to complete their degree and who are better prepared for the job market,” said UBC Provost Susan Kinsman.
UBC has the highest concentration of students in all three of these subjects, as well as in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a whole.
For more information on the 2017-2018 NEEP, visit www.national-assessment.ca or www.education.ca/neep.
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