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2016 Report Ranks States With the Best and Worst School Systems

2016 Report Ranks States with the Best and Worst School Systems

Personal finance social network WalletHub has released its 2016 ranking of the states with the best and worst school systems in the country. Using 17 different metrics, the network concluded once again that Massachusetts has the best school system in the country, while Louisiana has the worst this year.

The report analyzed state’s school-system quality and school-system safety to arrive at its findings. For school-school quality, metrics analyzed things like drop-out rates, test scores, and “remote opportunities from online public schools.” For school-system safety, metrics analyzed things like disciplinary-incidents rates, bullying-incidents rates, and youth incarceration rates.

According to the report, WalletHub retrieved its data from "the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Educational Statistics, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kids Count - Annie E. Casey Foundation,, U.S. News & World Report, College Board, ACT and K12.”

The list’s state with the best school system in the country, Massachusetts, led other states in categories like safest schools, highest average ACT score, and highest reading and math test scores.

Louisiana, on the other hand, was found to have some of the most unsafe schools and consistently ranked lowest when comparing test scores.

Other interesting findings from the WalletHub report include the fact that many of the states ranking in the list’s top 10 are New England states; Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine all have spots in the top 10.

Source: WalletHub

To see where your state ranks, check out the full WalletHub report here.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor


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