WalletHub Ranks Maryland as Having Eighth Best School System

Maryland has the eighth best school system in the nation according to finance website WalletHub. The Massachusetts  public school system is ranked number one.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two categories and 25 metrics. The two categories include “Quality” and “Safety.” Twenty-five metrics in all were examined to determine a rank for each category and an overall score for each state.

A score for “Educational Attainment” was based on four key metrics. The score for “Quality of Education” was based on 11 key metrics including quality of pubic school systems,  quality of universities, number of students enrolled in top universities, public high school graduation rate, public college graduation rate, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) math and reading test scores, and racial and gender gaps in educational attainment.

Maryland ranked 10th for “Quality” and 20th for “Security.”

Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Center for Education Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. News & World Report, College Board, Ballotpedia and ACT.

For more information on WalletHub’s study, click here.


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