And the Smartest State is…

October 17, 2006 ( - For the second year in a row, Vermont has earned the title of the nation's Smartest State, at least in the estimation of Morgan Quitno Press, a Lawrence, Kansas-based independent research and publishing company.

The Smartest State Award is based on 21 key elementary and secondary education indicators reported from Education State Rankings, an annual reference book that compares the 50 United States in hundreds of education-related categories.  

Rounding out the top five states were Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maine, while at the lower end of the rankings scale were Arizona in last place (replicating last year’s “honor”), preceded by Nevada, Mississippi, California and Alaska.  

Additional information about the fifth annual Smartest State Award, including rankings for all 50 states, a list of factors used to determine the results and an explanation of methodology, is available directly from Morgan Quitno Press at  or by calling (785) 841-3534.


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