LIFE | Report: Massachusetts has the best school system in the U.S.


With in-person learning this fall hinging on how well states handle the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio and dropout rate to median standardized-test scores and school closures due to COVID-19.

States with the Best School Systems States with the Worst School Systems
1. Massachusetts 42. Arkansas
2. Connecticut 43. South Carolina
3. New Jersey 44. Alabama
4. Virginia 45. Nevada
5. Vermont 46. Mississippi
6. New Hampshire 47. Oklahoma
7. Minnesota 48. Alaska
8. Wisconsin 49. Arizona
9. Delaware 50. Louisiana
10. Maryland 51. New Mexico

Best vs. Worst

  • Iowa has the lowest dropout rate, 8.60 percent, which is 3.7 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at 31.50 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest pupil-teacher ratio, 10.50, which is 2.2 times lower than in Arizona, the highest at 23.53.
  • Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Vermont have the lowest share of high school students who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, 4.80 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Louisiana, the highest at 12.80 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest share of high school students who were bullied online, 8.90 percent, which is 2.4 times lower than in Louisiana, the highest at 21.20 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

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