School Rankings

Which states have the best public education school systems? We explain which states have the best and worst public education system.

This informative article is about which states have the best schools, and which have the worst schools. Getting your child on the RIGHT path begins with choosing the CORRECT school. How can a parent decide where to enroll his, or her, child? Every child develops and learns at a different rate. Ideally, every school is almost the same – but in reality this isn’t the case. Most parents can’t afford to place their school in a private school in order to provide the child with greater individual attention. For the majority of U.S. families, public education is the only option. But the quality of public school systems vary from one state to another due to funding. Public elementary and secondary education funds come three places: federal government, state, and local. States contribute nearly as much as local governments, while the federal government supplies the smallest share of funds. Some researchers have discovered that more resources, typically in the form of taxes, can result in better school performance.

Our article takes a VERY comprehensive approach. We look at performance, funding, safety, class size, etc, in order to determine which school systems in the USA are the top performers.


Main Findings of WalletHub

 

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
State Total Score ‘Quality’ Rank ‘Safety’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 67.85 2 1
2 New Jersey 64.78 1 11
3 Connecticut 62.36 3 12
4 Virginia 61.42 7 2
5 Vermont 60.71 6 4
6 Minnesota 58.98 4 23
7 New Hampshire 58.93 9 6
8 Nebraska 57.17 11 7
9 North Dakota 56.81 5 43
10 Wyoming 56.76 8 29
11 Wisconsin 56.57 10 27
12 Delaware 55.10 22 3
13 Kentucky 54.86 13 18
14 Iowa 54.45 12 33
15 Maine 54.36 20 5
16 Illinois 54.24 14 30
17 Colorado 53.49 17 10
18 Rhode Island 53.48 19 9
19 Maryland 53.04 15 17
20 Kansas 52.65 18 16
21 South Dakota 52.50 16 25
22 Indiana 51.42 21 28
23 Utah 51.20 24 13
24 New York 51.07 23 14
25 Montana 49.33 25 36
26 Florida 49.05 28 20
27 Pennsylvania 48.77 26 35
28 Ohio 47.98 30 19
29 Washington 47.67 31 8
30 Missouri 47.14 27 44
31 North Carolina 46.97 29 39
32 Idaho 46.56 35 22
33 Texas 46.44 33 31
34 Tennessee 45.98 36 26
35 Georgia 45.66 34 38
36 Hawaii 44.74 38 32
37 Michigan 44.15 32 49
38 California 42.43 40 37
39 South Carolina 41.67 39 41
40 Oklahoma 41.03 45 15
41 Arkansas 40.67 37 50
42 Alaska 40.21 46 21
43 Nevada 40.16 42 40
44 Oregon 39.43 41 46
45 District of Columbia 38.94 43 48
46 Alabama 38.47 44 47
47 West Virginia 37.86 48 24
48 Mississippi 37.40 47 42
49 Arizona 34.61 50 34
50 Louisiana 29.93 49 51
51 New Mexico 28.81 51 45

 

 

 


 

Few issues facing the USA are more important than the education children are receiving. While policymakers disagree on how to fix this issue, most agree the issue needs improvement. The USA education system is average, compared with other high income nations. It trails 14 countries in the recent PISA test, which in 2015 evaluated millions of students in over 80 countries. Many USA students performed as well, or better, than students in countries with top schools. But these students are limited to a few states.

Massachusetts

This state has the best schools. It’s stats are the following

  • 87.5% graduation rate
  • $14,569 spending per pupil
  • Adults with at least a bachelors degree 42.7% (highest in country)
  • Adults 25-64 with incomes at, or above, national median (62.6% highest)

Massachusetts has the nations best schools. Students who graduate from here have the highest chance of success, including school finance, achievements, and income. Parents education are among the best predictors of student success, and Massachusetts has among the highest. Of children in the state, 63.4% have at least one parent with a college degree – which is the fourth highest of states in the country. Overall, k-12 student achievement in the state is better than other state.

Vermont

  • 87.7% high school graduation rate4
  • $20,795 spent per pupil
  • 36.4% of adults have at least a bachelors degree
  • Adults 25-64 with incomes at/above national median: 53.4%

Vermont has the highest annual per pupil spending of all states. It’s school system is 3rd best in the nation. Vermont is focused on public education.

New Hampshire

  • 88.2% high school graduation rate
  • $15,719 per pupil spending
  • 36.6% adults with at least a bachelors degree
  • Adults 25-64 with incomes at/above national median: 57.4%

In New Hampshire, 2/3 of children have at least one parent with a college degree – which is the highest of all states. Of children in the state, 77.3% are in families with incomes at least twice the poverty level, which is the highest % of all states. New Hampshire has the nations lowest poverty state, at 7.3% of all residents.  New Hampshire’s student achievement on standardized tests is among the highest in the country.

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