Education is one of the hottest topics these days. Should we funnel more money into public schools? Should we be allowing the money to follow the kid in school choice programs? What states’ population is the most educated? The least? Now you’re probably really wondering. Well, we have the answer. 

What are the factors WalletHub took into account when determining the most (and least) educated states in America? Well, they examined educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races.Then, they compared 50 states, across 20 total metrics across two categories.

Alright, let’s break it down!

The least educated states

  1. Mississippi

  2. West Virginia

  3. Louisiana

  4. Arkansas

  5. Alabama

  6. Kentucky

  7. Nevada

  8. Oklahoma

  9. South Carolina

  10. Tennessee

The most educated States

  1. Massachusetts

  2. Maryland

  3. Vermont

  4. Connecticut

  5. Colorado

  6. Virginia

  7. New Hampshire

  8. Minnesota

  9. Utah

  10. Washington

Does school systems have a correlation to a states population’s education levels? Well, below we have listed the top (and worst) school systems, also complements from WalletHub

The states with the worst school systems

  1. New Mexico

  2. Louisiana

  3. Arizona

  4. Mississippi

  5. West Virginia

  6. Alabama

  7. Oregon

  8. Nevada

  9. Alaska

  10. Arkansas

The states with the best school systems

  1. Massachusetts 

  2. New Jersey

  3. Connecticut

  4. Virginia

  5. Vermont

  6. Minnesota

  7. New Hampshire

  8. Nebraska

  9. North Dakota

  10. Wyoming

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