A new study from WalletHub, 2022’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, named New Jersey as the 3rd best state in America when it comes to education. The study compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia against 32 key measures of quality and safety. WalletHub considered student-to-teacher ratio, standardized test scores and dropout rates, among other factors.

The quality of a public school education has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many kids have experienced learning loss. But since most families cannot afford to put their children in private schools, the funding for public schools matters now more than ever.

The good news: NJ ranked 3rd in math test scores, 2nd in reading test scores and 4th when it came to student to teacher ratio. Our state ranked first in the category of existence of a digital learning plan.

Here are the top 10 states:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Jersey
  4. Virginia
  5. Maryland
  6. Delaware
  7. New Hampshire
  8. North Dakota
  9. Nebraska
  10. Wisconsin

Conversely, the states that ranked the lowest for their public school systems were West Virginia (#47), Arizona (#48), Louisiana (#49), Alaska (#50) and New Mexico (#51).

New Jersey also did well when it came to SAT and ACT scores, ranking 24th for median SAT scores and 12th for median ACT scores. Our “bullying incidence rate” was ranked 12th in the country, which indicates that our state not only puts a strong focus on academics but also does well when it comes to the social-emotional health of students.

Click here for the full study results.

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