Like the dearly departed Whitney Houston, I too belive that children are our future. They deserve the best education possible and it’s not unusual for parents choose neighborhoods, cities and even state’s based on the school performance.  And now, with school resuming session the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014's States with the Best & Worst School Systems.

Given the strong connection between educational attainment and income level, WalletHub compared the school systems among the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to encourage parents to help their children realize their maximum potential.

Using 12 key metrics, including dropout rates, test scores and bullying incident rates, WalletHub assessed the quality of education in each state.  Governor Chris Christie should be proud.

  States with the Best School Systems   States with the Worst School Systems
 

1

New Jersey  

42

South Carolina
 

2

Massachusetts  

43

Arizona
 

3

Vermont  

44

Arkansas
 

4

New Hampshire  

45

West Virginia
 

5

Kansas  

46

New Mexico
 

6

Colorado  

47

Nevada
 

7

Virginia  

48

Louisiana
 

8

Minnesota  

49

Alabama
 

9

Wisconsin  

50

Mississippi
 

10

Pennsylvania  

51

District of Columbia

Washington’s overall ranking is 15.  Not bad. Class dismissed.

Key Stats

  • The District of Columbia’s dropout rate is 4 times higher than Iowa’s.
  • The percentage of children between the ages of 6 and 17 who repeated one or more grades since starting kindergarten is almost 8 times higher in Louisiana than in Iowa, Utah or Minnesota.
  • California’s pupil to teacher ratio is more than 2 times higher than Vermont’s.

For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/

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