Maryland has the tenth 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 33 metrics. The two categories include “Quality” and “Safety.” Thirty-three metrics in all were examined to determine a rank for each category and an overall score for each state.
A score for “Quality of Education” was based on 15 key metrics including the number of Blue Ribbon schools per capita, high school graduation rate among low-income students, dropout rate, math and reading test scores, advanced placement scores, median score on college entrance exams (SAT and ACT), and pupil-teacher ratio.
Maryland ranked 11th for “Quality” and 9th for “Security.”
The other states in the top 10 spots include Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Delaware.
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, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Education Commission of the States, U.S. News & World Report, College Board, Ballotpedia, ACT, National Governors Association, State Educational Technology Directors Association and Zendrive.
For more information on WalletHub’s study, click here.