By Erin Smith
North Carolina’s pubic schools rank 32nd in the nation in Wallet Hub’s “2018’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems.” According to the report, states and local governments provide an almost equal share of funding for education while the federal government provides the least amount of funding.
According to the study, all 50 states and the District of Columbia were compared using such metrics as school performance, funding, safety, class sizes, and instructor credentials. Overall, Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 with a total score of 74.16 and rank of first in the categories fo quality and safety. North Carolina ranked 32nd overall with a total score of 48.91 and ranking of 32 for quality and 25 for safety.
Our neighboring state of Tennessee ranked 35th overall and earned an overall score of 46.90 and a ranking of 39 for quality and 15 for safety while the state of Virginia had an overall ranking of 6th with a total score of 63.03 and ranked 7th in overall quality and 2nd for safety. The state of South Carolina had an overall score of 42.24 and ranked 40th overall. South Carolina was also ranked 40th in overall quality and 46th in safety.
Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina also tied for 46th place with the lowest median ACT scores.
The study did not rank individual school districts, but rather looked at school systems at the state level. To review all of the results, go to https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/.