A state that claims to be #1 in education, and even says so on the state quarter despite being completely average at best. According to the American Human Development Project (measureofamerica.org), Iowa is:
3rd in high school graduation rate
23rd in 4th Grade National Assessment of Educational Progress in Reading
28th in 8th Grade National Assessment of Educational Progress in Math
29th in High School grads enrolling for college
36th in obtaining Bachelor's Degrees
42nd in obtaining Graduate or Professional Degrees
26th in the cost of a 4 year degree
27th in overall education index
The top 5 are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New Hampshire.
Iowa is #1 in education. It says so on the quarter.