Determining which state has the top-rated public schools depends on the statistics an individual or organization is interested in. As an example, the National Education Association's most recent "Rankings & Estimates" reports that the lowest student-teacher ratio is found in Vermont, while the highest is in California.
This report focuses largely on the amount of money dedicated to education in each state. The most recent findings also detail that the highest per student expenditure is found in Vermont and the lowest is in Arizona and Utah. The NEA has produced Rankings &; Estimates annually for 70 years.
Additionally, The National Assessment of Educational Progress produces regular reports that instead detail student performance in specific subjects such as reading, mathematics, civics and foreign languages. These reports are based on assessments administered by NAEP, and state "report cards" are available by subject, including improvements or declines from year to year.