Ten States Losing Smart People
Utah, Texas, Iowa make the list
By Ashley Allen,  Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Feb 9, 2011 6:30 PM CST
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(User Submitted) – Some states are not keeping up with the others in regard to education. Declining math and reading scores, lower numbers of people with post-secondary degrees, and loss of white-collar workers all imply a decrease in "smart people" compared to the rest of the country. A look at the states in worst shape, from 24/7 Wall St:

  • Utah: It has the fifth-worst increase in the nation for adults with bachelor’s degrees from 2000 to 2009. It also has one of the worst changes in people with advanced degrees.
  • Texas: Although test scores are up in Texas, the number of people with high school diplomas has decreased. The percentage of people with white-collar jobs has also decreased by 3%.
  • Iowa: Reading scores in Iowa decreased from 2000 to 2009 at the third greatest rate in the country. It also underwent the second worst change in math scores.
Click to read the full list to the worst 10.