Alabama has the 10th worst school system in America

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The back-to-school season is upon us and there’s bad news for students across the Yellowhammer State — according to the personal finance website, WalletHub, Alabama has the 10th worst school system in the country.

In a new in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, WalletHub’s analysts compared the quality of education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to average SAT and ACT scores.

Out of 100 possible points, Alabama schools garnered only 39.85 — a depressing total for parents relying on Alabama’s public school system.

Quality of schools in Alabama (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 50th – Math test score
  • 43rd – Reading test score
  • 36th – Pupil-teacher ratio
  • 18th – Dropout rate
  • 32nd – School safety
  • 23rd – Average SAT score
  • 48th – Average ACT score
  • 19th – Percentage of licensed/certified public K–12 teachers

At the very bottom of the list is Louisiana with 30.33 points. At the top, Massachusetts with 73.65 points and ranks first for both School-

 System Quality and School System Safety.

Check of the rest of the country ranks:

Source: WalletHub
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