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Report: New York's schools rank 20th in the nation

Rochester Business Journal
August 4, 2014

New York ranks among the top 10 states nationwide for education output and safety, a new report states. Overall the state ranks 20th in the nation for its school systems.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—ranked the 50 states and District of Columbia according to 12 key metrics for its 2014’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems.

New Jersey ranked at the top of the list overall, while the District of Columbia ranked last. New York ranked seventh for education output and safety, but 27th for school system quality.

The report looked at dropout rates, test scores and bullying incident rates to assess the quality of education in each state. The District of Columbia’s dropout rate is four times higher than that of Iowa, for example, and the percentage of children who repeated one or more grades since starting kindergarten was nearly eight times higher in Louisiana than in Iowa, Utah or Minnesota.

The lowest pupil to teacher ratio is in Vermont, while California has the highest ratio. The safest schools in America are in Wisconsin, while the least safe schools are in Georgia. The lowest bullying rate was found in Florida schools, while the highest was in Idaho.

WalletHub notes education is the traditional route to financial success for many Americans and those with bachelor’s degrees earned 59 percent more than those with high school diplomas in 2013.

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