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Rank And Child

Do You Live In The State With The Best Or Worst School System Of 2016?

Back to school season is around the corner, but complaining about the state of education season is year-round. With plenty to gripe about, it would be understandable if your assessment had yet to change from when you were a kid: School sucks. They may not being walking uphill both ways, but kids these days have so many educational obstacles that the real challenge is finding something that doesn’t suck about the schools in your state. But have no fear, Wallet Hub’s data analysts are here and they’ll (hopefully) give you something nice to say about your state’s education (even if it is Florida).

Researchers graded 51 states (including the District of Columbia) across 17 different metrics, such as teacher-pupil ratio, SAT/ACT scores, dropout rates, incarceration rates, and bullying incidences. States were then ranked separately by school quality and safety, as well as overall. Massachusetts came in at number one across the board – finally making Good Will Hunting’s plot plausible – followed by New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, and Wisconsin, because cheese is brain food. Louisiana ranked last cumulatively, followed closely by New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, and the District of Columbia. Honorable mentions go to New Hampshire, which ranked fourth for quality, and Utah and Delaware, as both cracked the top 5 for safety. Connecticut was second in terms of quality, but it shot all the way down to the twentieth slot for safety (blame all the New York riff raff). Despite Washington, D.C. experiencing the least amount of bullying, it was only twenty-fourth for safety. Thanks, Obama!

It’s important to note that there’s huge amount of variance between school districts within each state. And while this interactive map is fun, it fails to account for that. Luckily, this map will give you a better idea of how your district stacks up against the rest of the country, according to how much money is spent per kid. Put both maps together and if you’re still not ready for the school year, you’ll at least be ready to respect Boston accents a bit more.

[H/T] Wallet Hub