Punitive Index Ranking

Punitive Index by State (high scores denote higher levels of punitive interventions):

If you're a sports fan, you want your team to be ranked number one. But if you're a kid, you definitely don't want your state to have a high punitive ranking, because that means the schools in your state still think punitive interventions are the best way to solve the problems that are causing your challenging behavior. And that's not good at all. Where's your state rank? Look below (based on 2015-16 data from the US Department of Education):

1.     Mississippi .537

2.     South Carolina .398

3.     Arkansas .382

4.     Alabama .359

5.     Louisiana .330

6.     Delaware .319

7.     Georgia .317

8.     West Virginia .309

9.     Tennessee .299

10.  Missouri .275

11.  Oklahoma .273

12.  North Carolina .252

13.  Florida .227

14.  Kentucky .240

15.  Nevada .231

16.  Virginia .224

17.  Michigan .222

18.  Ohio .216

19.  Indiana .213

20.  Pennsylvania .199

21.  Texas .198

22.  Alaska .193

23.  Kansas .191

24.  Connecticut .190

25.  Arizona .189

26.  New Hampshire .183

27.  Illinois .179

28.  New Mexico .167

29.  Montana .166

30.  Wisconsin .165

31.  Colorado .159

32.  Nebraska .156

33.  Wyoming .156

34.  Maine .155

35.  New Jersey .154

36.  Rhode Island .150

37.  Vermont .147

38.  Washington .147

39.  South Dakota .144

40.  Minnesota .142

41.  Iowa .138

42.  Oregon .129

43.  Maryland .119

44.  New York .119

45.  Massachusetts .109

46.  California .103

47.  Hawaii .091

48.  Idaho .090

49.  North Dakota .088

50.  Utah .056