PA is #16 in WalletHub’s ranking of states with the best public schools.
Massachusetts is #1. What do they have that we don’t?
In WalletHub’s “2017’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems”, Massachusetts came out on top…and the other states weren’t even close. Massachusetts scored 78.16/100, based on 21 key measures determined by WalletHub, including performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials.
New Jersey, ranked #2, scored 66.92/100. Pennsylvania was at #16, with 56.10/100. And coming up last was Louisiana, with 27.42/100. To see more of the scores, click on the interactive map below.
Wallethub determined the scores by weighting each of the 21 key measures by importance. Interestingly, Massachusetts was ranked #1 in the many of the important key measures, including: Highest Math Test Scores, Highest Reading Test Scores and Lowest Percent of Injured or Threatened Students. It was also in the top five for Highest Median ACT Score.
Pennsylvania only made the top five for Lowest Percent of Injured or Threatened Students, but it did not appear on the bottom five for any of the key measures.
So what can school educators and administrators take away from this? It takes much more than “drill-and-kill” or teaching-to-the-test to make a school system be top-performing. And as we approach the new calendar year, maybe its time your school makes some gains with technology-empowered curriculum. It’s a way to drive innovation and engagement in the classroom, which just may help with some of the meaningful measures analyzed by organizations like WalletHub.