Education in the US: WalletHub's best, worst school system rankings and more

Published: Friday, Aug. 8 2014 8:44 a.m. MDT

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Personal finance website WalletHub recently released a list ranking school systems in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. — here's a look at the 10 best and 10 worst state school systems from those rankings, along with other educational data for each state.

The data included on this list comes from a variety of sources including the Centers for Disease Control, the National Education Association, census.gov, the U.S. Department of Education and more. Follow the links to delve deeper into various types of school data for each state.

The list begins with the 10th worst school system and counts down to WalletHub's No. 1 worst school system. From there, the list includes information on where Utah falls out of the 50 states, and then counts forward from the 10th best school system to WalletHub's very best school system in the nation.
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Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Yeah it would be incredible to see what Utah could do with even average educational funding. Sadly we will probably never find out. A big thank you to all of the teachers in Utah that make our extremely underfunded system still work somehow.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Good job, teachers. My message to the legislature is to step it up. Our teachers do an amazing job despite having such a lousy group of anti-education politicians who serve on their own super-school board, running the school system for all of Utah.

Mcallen, TX

Lack of money, is not the problem with education.

If money was the solution, we would have the best educated people in the world.

Fix the mismanagement, and priorities. It's just that simple.


The public school system is a financial loss leader that is guided by self-serving left wing radicals in the NEA and many of the States shown to have the poorest schools. There is also some very sad racial and cultural mores that encourage and glorify ignorance and entitlement in many of the States mentioned. It's not going to change until we eliminate the public school system as it's now structured, starting with the NEA, the Federal Government and teachers unions which are nothing more than legal thugs, and return to basics, like, well jeez, American History.

Provo, Utah

Sorry, Deseret News, but you promised a list and this is not a list. With a list, I could have seen Utah's standing in about 3 seconds as well as how it compared with all the other 50 states. Instead you force your readers to wade through a slide show. Please give the the list and then provide the slide show for any who really want (and have time) to wade through all of the gory details.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

If someone studied their American History a little better, they might learn about the important role that organized labor has made to the quality of life in this country.


HIGHLANDER56 As I glance over the lists of best and worst, I sure see a lot of Republican dominated states in the lowest ranks and more of the "purple" states in the higher rankings.

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