See which states ranked best in school quality and safety.

By Madison Alcedo
Updated August 01, 2016
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How does your child’s school stack up? A new survey from compared education quality to determine how schools in all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) differ.

The rankings are based on 17 educational factors, including dropout rates, SAT and ACT scores, safety, teacher-pupil ratios, and the number of bullying incidents.

Massachusetts earned top honors, thanks to first place rankings in safety, as well as math and reading test scores. Louisiana ranked lowest due to poor scores in safety as well as math and reading test scores. Other states received accolades for standout areas: Wisconsin was determined to have the safest school systems, while the District of Columbia had the fewest number of bullying incidents.

Here, the top and bottom 10 school systems in the country, according to the study.


  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Jersey
  3. Connecticut
  4. Vermont
  5. Wisconsin
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Virginia
  8. Maine
  9. Delaware
  10. Minnesota


  1. Louisiana
  2. New Mexico
  3. Alaska
  4. Arizona
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Mississippi
  7. West Virginia
  8. Nevada
  9. Oregon
  10. Alabama

To see the full list and other rankings, like quality and safety, visit