South Carolina Ranked Among 2022’s Worst School Systems

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With the gaps in test scores between low-poverty and high-poverty elementary schools growing by 15% to 20% during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 32 key measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio and dropout rate to median standardized-test scores.

South Carolina was determined to have one of the worst public school systems in America, coming in at #46 overall. North Carolina was several spots higher, but still ranked in the bottom half at #29.

Public School Ranking by State

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Quality  Safety 
1 Massachusetts 72.79 1 1
2 Connecticut 66.22 2 9
3 New Jersey 64.05 3 21
4 Virginia 61.79 4 4
5 Maryland 60.67 7 6
6 Delaware 60.05 10 2
7 New Hampshire 59.19 8 11
8 North Dakota 58.42 6 28
9 Nebraska 58.12 9 8
10 Wisconsin 58.03 5 31
11 Vermont 56.71 16 7
12 Maine 56.09 25 3
13 Utah 55.53 12 16
14 Florida 55.35 15 15
15 Minnesota 55.21 11 36
16 Rhode Island 55.17 20 10
17 New York 54.86 13 20
18 Pennsylvania 54.32 14 26
19 Iowa 54.25 19 19
20 Wyoming 54.23 17 22
21 Kentucky 53.94 22 17
22 Indiana 53.52 26 13
23 Illinois 53.23 18 29
24 Colorado 52.62 23 24
25 Montana 51.55 21 38
26 South Dakota 51.19 24 37
27 Texas 49.36 33 14
28 Tennessee 49.18 27 46
29 North Carolina 49.02 30 32
30 District of Columbia 47.65 28 49
31 Washington 47.56 36 5
32 Arkansas 47.22 32 35
33 Kansas 47.20 31 41
34 Ohio 47.10 40 12
35 Missouri 46.32 29 50
36 Georgia 46.07 38 27
37 Idaho 45.22 34 44
38 Michigan 44.12 39 42
39 Nevada 44.01 35 47
40 California 43.17 37 48
41 Hawaii 42.42 41 33
42 Alabama 39.81 45 23
43 Mississippi 38.65 43 45
44 Oregon 38.07 44 39
45 Oklahoma 38.01 46 25
46 South Carolina 37.31 42 51
47 West Virginia 37.18 47 18
48 Arizona 35.11 48 34
49 Louisiana 34.09 49 40
50 Alaska 33.05 50 30
51 New Mexico 26.07 51 43

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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