Public School Rankings By State 2019

Finding the best public school is a priority for many families. A good education is important to these families, who may even choose where they purchase or rent housing in order to make sure their children are in the best school systems.

While there is no comprehensive way to measure what public schools are the best in the nation, there are a few surveys that look at data including high school graduation rates and college readiness to determine which states have the best schools. This includes the Best States rankings by US News & World Report.

This publication looks at several factors to determine which states are the best in the U.S. This includes college readiness, high school graduation rate, national math and reading scores, and preschool enrollment.

Based on the latest data, Massachusetts was found to have the best public schools in America. The state was ranked first in math and reading scores and within the top 10 for college readiness and preschool enrollment. The state did, however, just rank 13th in terms of high school graduation rates.

Second on this list is New Jersey. New Jersey came in second for high school graduation rate, reading scores, and high school enrollment. It was ranked in the top 10 for college readiness and math scores.

In third place is New Hampshire. This state came in top for college readiness and was in the top 10 for graduation rates, math scores, and reading scores.

The top 10 states in terms of the best public schools based on this list are:

This isn’t the only study that has evaluated the public school systems of the nation. WalletHub conducted its own study, which looked at factors including high school dropout rates, SAT scores, and ACT scores. Based on this study, Massachusetts again took the top spot because of quality and safety. Other top states on WalletHub’s list include New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Virginia – all of which were in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report’s study.

State Overall Rank Higher Education Rank (Pre)K-12 Rank 2019 Pop.
Massachusetts12716,939,373
New Jersey23028,922,547
Florida312721,646,155
Washington42197,666,343
New Hampshire53731,363,852
Nebraska6791,940,919
Virginia71488,571,946
Vermont8414627,180
Iowa98133,167,997
Utah106223,221,610
Colorado119145,770,545
Connecticut124453,567,871
Maryland1317116,062,917
Wisconsin1411165,832,661
Kansas1513152,910,931
Wyoming16334572,381
Minnesota1720125,655,925
South Dakota181023892,631
Illinois1931712,700,381
North Dakota20535760,900
California2143739,747,267
New York22152519,491,339
Delaware231624975,033
Indiana243966,718,616
North Carolina25122810,497,741
Montana2619201,074,532
Missouri2726216,147,861
Maine2834171,342,097
Hawaii2921301,416,589
Georgia30253110,627,767
Ohio31381811,718,568
Pennsylvania32501012,813,969
Idaho3335261,790,182
Texas34323329,087,070
Tennessee3523386,833,793
Oregon3622394,245,901
Michigan37422910,020,472
Kentucky3843324,484,047
Oklahoma3928433,948,950
Arizona4024447,275,070
Rhode Island4148361,056,738
Arkansas4240403,026,412
South Carolina4346415,147,111
West Virginia4445421,791,951
Nevada4518483,087,025
Mississippi4633452,987,895
Alaska473647735,720
Louisiana4849464,652,581
New Mexico4929502,096,034
Alabama5047494,898,246