2014′s States with the Best and Worst School Systems

 

Unless one is destined to assume the ranks of wildly successful college dropouts like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, education remains the traditional route to financial success for many Americans. Consider the median incomes for workers aged 25 and older in 2013. Those with a bachelor’s degree earned 59 percent more than those with only a high school diploma, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure grows — and chances of unemployment shrink — as a worker’s educational attainment improves.

And with school resuming session, many parents will seek the best school districts in order to secure the greatest chance for their children’s academic success — and higher future earning potential. In comparing schools, it’s important to recognize that though the amount of state funding a school receives can be helpful, it is by no means a determinant of quality.

In addition, states that invest more dollars in education benefit not only their residents but also their economies. The Economic Policy Institute, or EPI, reported that income is higher in states where the workforce is well educated and hence more productive. With higher incomes, workers in turn can contribute more in taxes to beef up state budgets over the long run.

In light of back-to-school season, WalletHub studied the quality of education in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to identify those with the best and worst school systems. We did so by analyzing 12 key metrics — from student-teacher ratios and dropout rates to test scores and bullying incident rates. By shining the spotlight on top-performing states in terms of education, WalletHub can encourage parents to help their children realize their maximum potential.

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Overall Rank

State

School System Quality Rank

Education Output & Safety Rank

1 New Jersey 1 2
2 Massachusetts 2 12
3 Vermont 3 11
4 New Hampshire 4 15
5 Kansas 8 3
6 Colorado 13 1
7 Virginia 10 4
8 Minnesota 6 31
9 Wisconsin 7 20
10 Pennsylvania 5 43
11 Iowa 9 19
12 Texas 24 5
13 Connecticut 11 38
14 Maryland 16 27
15 Washington 14 50
16 Ohio 21 15
T-17 Illinois 20 24
T-17 Maine 12 42
19 Missouri 22 13
20 New York 27 7
21 Utah 28 8
22 Indiana 19 33
23 Nebraska 17 34
24 South Dakota 25 18
25 Wyoming 15 45
26 North Dakota 18 47
27 Idaho 26 34
28 Tennessee 32 6
29 Florida 29 22
30 Montana 23 48
31 Rhode Island 31 29
32 Georgia 35 13
33 Oregon 30 41
34 Delaware 37 21
35 Hawaii 36 25
36 Oklahoma 43 9
37 North Carolina 38 17
38 Alaska 42 23
39 California 33 51
40 Michigan 34 44
41 Kentucky 40 39
42 South Carolina 44 28
43 Arizona 41 37
44 Arkansas 39 49
45 West Virginia 45 26
46 New Mexico 46 10
47 Nevada 47 36
48 Louisiana 49 40
49 Alabama 48 46
50 Mississippi 51 30
51 District of Columbia 50 31
 
 
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About Maria Paulina Pagano

As a Realtor for the last twenty years and a Monmouth County resident for twenty-four years, I have accumulated extensive and invaluable knowledge of the Real Estate Market and Market Trends. Member of Ocean, Monmouth, & Middlesex MLS.
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