South Carolina Ranked As Having One Of The Worst Public School Systems for 2021

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With more than half of educators reporting significant learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’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.

According to the report, South Carolina ranked among the bottom ten, coming in at #43 in the nation. North Carolina faired better, but still came in among the bottom half of the country at #33.

Public School Ranking by State

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Quality  Safety 
1 Massachusetts 73.14 1 1
2 Connecticut 67.50 2 9
3 New Jersey 64.36 3 19
4 Virginia 61.71 5 2
5 New Hampshire 61.57 4 12
6 Maryland 60.24 8 4
7 Delaware 58.07 16 3
8 Nebraska 57.81 12 8
9 Wisconsin 57.48 6 28
10 Vermont 57.43 15 6
11 Rhode Island 57.21 13 10
12 Minnesota 57.00 7 36
13 Maine 56.87 18 7
14 New York 56.42 11 16
15 Illinois 56.27 9 24
16 Utah 55.87 17 15
17 North Dakota 55.30 10 31
18 Florida 55.22 14 20
19 Kentucky 54.18 23 14
20 Iowa 53.71 22 18
21 Colorado 53.70 20 23
22 Indiana 53.31 25 11
23 Wyoming 53.07 24 22
24 Pennsylvania 52.86 19 33
25 South Dakota 52.43 21 35
26 Washington 51.31 27 5
27 Montana 50.33 26 37
28 Texas 49.86 31 13
29 Kansas 47.47 28 41
30 Ohio 47.43 33 26
31 Tennessee 46.93 30 44
32 Georgia 46.22 37 27
33 North Carolina 46.06 38 29
34 Michigan 45.92 32 43
35 Missouri 45.88 29 50
36 Idaho 45.20 35 42
37 District of Columbia 44.29 34 47
38 Arkansas 43.84 40 40
39 Nevada 43.64 39 46
40 Hawaii 43.09 41 32
41 California 42.42 36 51
42 Oregon 40.96 42 39
43 South Carolina 38.94 43 48
44 West Virginia 38.47 45 17
45 Mississippi 38.22 44 38
46 Oklahoma 37.15 46 25
47 Alabama 37.02 48 21
48 Alaska 36.43 47 30
49 Arizona 35.13 49 34
50 Louisiana 33.37 50 45
51 New Mexico 25.26 51 49

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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