States with the best schools - Where does PA rank?

When looking for a new place to live, one of the biggest concerns for parents will likely be the schools in the area and there’s no doubt within a state there are some neighborhoods where schools are much better than others. But sometimes no matter how hard you look for a good school you may run into a problem because the state you’re living in just isn’t up to snuff, and according to a new report there are definitely some states where the education system is in need of major improvement.

Well, 24/7 Wall Street reviewed the 2017 edition of the Quality Counts report, released by Education Week, to determine the states with the best and worst schools in the U.S. The report looked at things like school finances, student achievement, and environmental factors to rate the strength of a state’s school system.

Overall, students in Massachusetts are getting the best education. The Massachusetts school system gets an overall “B” grade, with an 87.3% high school graduation rate and the state spending over $14,000 per pupil, which is the 11th highest in the country. The state is also the third-highest for three and four-year-olds in pre-school (57.8%), which is important in cognative development.

States With The Best Schools In The Country

Massachusetts

New Jersey

Vermont

New Hampshire

Maryland

Connecticut

Wyoming

Pennsylvania

New York

Rhode Island 

On the flipside, Nevada is the state with the worst schools in the country. The state gets an overall grade of “D” for their education system, with the second-lowest high school graduation rate (71.3%), the fifth lowest per-pupil spending ($8,441) and the second lowest amount of three and four-year-olds attending pre-school (33.5%).

States With The Worst Schools In The Country

Nevada

Mississippi

New Mexico

Idaho

Oklahoma

Louisiana

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Texas

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

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