Putting Money into Education
Of course, there is data that show that greater spending may lead to higher quality in education. WalletHub recently ranked public school systems in the United States using the following criteria:
As back-to-school season arrives, WalletHub compared the school systems among the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. We used 12 key metrics, including student-teacher ratios, dropout rates, test scores and bullying incident rates to assess the quality of education in each state. By highlighting the best school systems, families relocating in the near future can use the available information to compare schools for their children.
The corresponding weights we used are shown below. The two categories under which the metrics are listed were used for organizational purposes only and did not factor in to our overall rankings.
School System Rank
Education Output & Safety
- Presence of Public Schools from one State in Top 700 Best US Schools: 1
- Remote Learning Opportunities from Online Public Schools: 1
- Dropout Rates: 1
- % of Children Who Repeated One or More Grades: 1
- Bookworms Rank: 0.5
- Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 1
- Math Test Scores: 1
- Reading Test Scores: 1
Following the above methodology, the ranking is as follows:
- Safest Schools (Percentage of Public School Students in Grades 9–12 who Reported being Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property): 1
- Bullying Incidents Rate: 1
- Percentage of People (25+) with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 0.5
- Champlain University High School Financial Literacy Grade: 1
Sources: Data used to create these rankings is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Education Association, the Kids Count - Anney E. Casey Foundation, the Center for Financial Literacy - Champlain College, Stopbullying.gov, U.S. News & World Report and K12.com.
School System Quality Rank
Education Output & Safety Rank
|51||District of Columbia||50|
|Above figure copied from WalletHub|