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: