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Arizona ranked worst state in America for teachers, study says

Salary and environment were worst contributing factors
National Teacher Appreciation Week
Posted at 12:06 PM, Apr 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 15:21:58-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A new study is ranking Arizona as the worst state in America for teachers.

Scholaroo researchers analyzed 42 metrics, organizing them into five key indicators - career accessibility, salary and compensation, work benefits, work environment, and student performance.

Arizona was deemed worst in most of these categories:

  • #50 Overall
  • #11 Work Benefits
  • #50 Work Environment
  • #12 Career Accessibility
  • #48 Student Performance
  • #50 Salary and Compensation

According to the scholarship-centered website, Arizona has the highest student-to-teacher ratio, while simultaneously ranking the worst in educator pay gap when compared to other professions.

Officials with the American School Counselor Association say Arizona's average student-to-counselor ratio of 716:1 is more than three times the recommended standard.

In addition to having the second lowest average salaries for teachers in the U.S., the Grand Canyon state also has the fourth lowest annual per-pupil spending budget.

Washington state topped Scholaroo's list as the best state for teachers.

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