In light of back-to-school season and given the strong connection between educational attainment and income potential, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016's States with the Best & Worst School Systems.

In order to identify the best school systems in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the quality of education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 17 key metrics. Our data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to average SAT and ACT scores.

Quality of Schools in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.): 

  • 4th – Math Test Score
  • 5th – Reading Test Score
  • 4th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 3rd – Dropout Rate
  • 12th – School Safety
  • 30th – Average SAT Score
  • 8th – Average ACT Score
  • 14th – Percentage of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers