Both North and South Carolina Rank Among 2020’s Worst School Systems

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With in-person learning this fall hinging on how well states handle the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio and dropout rate to median standardized-test scores and school closures due to COVID-19.

South Carolina ranked among the worst 10 states in the nation, coming in at #43 and North Carolina ranked in the bottom half at #30 – a significant factor hurting both states is their low ACT scores:

Here is the complete ranking:

Public School Ranking by State

Overall Rank
(1 = Best) 
State Total Score ‘Quality’ Rank ‘Safety’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 71.73 1 1
2 Connecticut 66.25 2 19
3 New Jersey 65.64 3 15
4 Virginia 63.75 4 3
5 Vermont 61.64 8 4
6 New Hampshire 61.27 7 6
7 Minnesota 59.89 6 22
8 Wisconsin 59.66 5 24
9 Delaware 59.65 15 2
10 Maryland 58.51 11 9
11 Nebraska 58.42 12 8
12 New York 57.03 16 10
13 Illinois 57.03 10 28
14 North Dakota 56.76 9 34
15 Indiana 55.16 23 12
16 Kentucky 54.73 14 33
17 Colorado 54.71 17 27
18 Utah 54.71 20 18
19 Wyoming 54.45 18 29
20 Maine 54.23 24 14
21 Washington 53.99 26 5
22 Florida 53.71 19 35
23 Iowa 53.70 25 16
24 Pennsylvania 53.26 22 30
25 South Dakota 52.83 13 46
26 Montana 52.39 21 42
27 Rhode Island 51.98 29 11
28 Texas 51.79 30 13
29 Kansas 51.56 27 25
30 North Carolina 51.00 28 21
31 Hawaii 48.22 36 26
32 Ohio 48.01 33 39
33 Michigan 47.50 34 38
34 Georgia 47.45 37 36
35 Tennessee 47.11 31 45
36 Missouri 46.72 32 48
37 California 45.93 38 32
38 Idaho 45.02 35 50
39 West Virginia 43.54 45 7
40 Oregon 43.24 40 37
41 District of Columbia 42.38 41 44
42 Arkansas 41.76 39 51
43 South Carolina 41.44 42 41
44 Alabama 41.21 46 17
45 Nevada 41.02 44 40
46 Mississippi 40.94 43 43
47 Oklahoma 38.74 48 20
48 Alaska 38.60 47 23
49 Arizona 36.84 50 31
50 Louisiana 34.65 49 47
51 New Mexico 27.61 51 49

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