istockphoto.com/skynesher

Every parent thinks about the quality of their home district’s public schools. How does your kid’s education stack up? Thankfully, NJ parents might be able to breathe easier, according to WalletHub’s 2018 report on states with the best and worst school systems. NJ was named 2nd best public school state in the country, coming behind Massachusetts. The Garden State came in 3rd and 9th for overall quality rank and safety respectively, too.

Here’s the breakdown: DC and 50 states were compared across 25 measures of quality and safety, including student-teacher ratio, dropout rate and standardized test results.

The details? NJ came in a strong 2nd place in reading test scores and dropout rate, 3rd in math test scores, 4th pupil-teacher ratio and 5th in median ACT scores. Other noteworthy rankings include 11th in percentage of threatened or injured HS students, 14th in percentage of licensed/certified K-12 public school teachers and 25th in rate of bullying.

For the full report, visit WalletHub’s website.