• Eighth from the bottom among states in the number of ninth-graders graduating four years later.
• Fourth from the bottom in high school seniors going directly to college.
• Last in the number of college freshmen receiving a bachelor's degree within 150 percent of the normal program length.
Tough to read such statistics as a teacher who values education for its own sake. But the study acknowledges that the problem is cultural and tied to the economy of natural resource extraction.