Which states boast the best public school systems? WalletHub reports

These three East Coast states earned the top spots in WalletHub's latest analysis, which ranks each state based on the quality of their public school systems.

Parents’ expectations of their child’s education have never been higher. Since the pandemic, families have explored a variety of alternatives to traditional public schooling, including private and micro-schooling. But for many, public schools are the only option, so choosing the right school system is crucial. And according to new research, these states are renowned for the quality of their public schools.

This latest analysis from WalletHub reveals the best and worst school systems across the country, including a detailed ranking of each state based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Performance
  • Funding
  • Safety
  • Class size
  • Teacher credentials

While each of these indicators contributes to a school system’s overall success, funding is often a significant contributing factor as well, the report suggests. Traditionally speaking, more resources equals better school system performance, according to research cited in the report. And as the data reveals, New York landed the top spot in terms of spending per student and ranks 13 overall for school system quality.

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But which state is best known for its public schools? Three East Coast states currently hold the top three spots, according to WalletHub. Here’s a look at the rankings:

Source: WalletHub
  1. Massachusetts
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Jersey
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Virginia
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Nebraska
  8. Maryland
  9. Florida
  10. North Dakota
  11. Indiana
  12. Utah
  13. New York
  14. Delaware
  15. Maine
  16. Iowa
  17. Kentucky
  18. Wyoming
  19. South Dakota
  20. Illinois
  21. Vermont
  22. Montana
  23. Minnesota
  24. Pennsylvania
  25. Washington
  26. Rhode Island
  27. District of Columbia
  28. Texas
  29. California
  30. Colorado
  31. Tennessee
  32. North Carolina
  33. Arkansas
  34. Missouri
  35. Hawaii
  36. Ohio
  37. Georgia
  38. Idaho
  39. Kansas
  40. Michigan
  41. Oregon
  42. South Carolina
  43. Mississippi
  44. Nevada
  45. Alabama
  46. Lousiana
  47. Alaska
  48. West Virginia
  49. Arizona
  50. Oklahoma
  51. New Mexico
Micah Ward
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Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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