The most obvious disconnect between this study and reality is that this study puts Massachusetts at first place, while their ACTUAL performance on credible worldwide standardized tests like SAT math puts them at 36th place.
Many of these low scoring states like North Dakota, and Iowa, and MInnesota, actually score MORE than 100 points higher just in SAT math. They also score even higher in SAT verbal.
iow, the study was contrived to attempt to make a political point.
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