Which States Have Some of the Highest Rated Public School Systems?


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According to USA Today, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland have some of the highest rated public school systems. Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut also contain highlyu rated public school systems.

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In 2014, eighth graders in Massachusetts led the country in mathematics aptitude. Furthermore, a higher percentage of Massachusetts’ eighth and fourth graders were proficient in reading and math than in any other state. More than one-third of people between the ages of 18 and 24 were either attending college or held a post-secondary degree.

In 2012, New Jersey had an 87 percent high school graduation rate. The state spends more on each student than the national average. In addition, many students receive the benefits of early education. In 2013, over 60 percent of eligible kids attended preschool.

In 2012, more than half of high school juniors and seniors in Maryland scored higher on Advanced Placement tests than the national average.

In 2012, Vermont spent more per student than any other state, and the state had the country’s highest high school graduation rate.

In 2013, 60 percent of New Hampshire’s students between the ages of 18 and 24 were attending a post-secondary degree program or already held a degree. In 2012, the state’s school districts spent over $14,500 per pupil.

In 2013, nearly 43 percent of Connecticut fourth graders were proficient in reading exams. In addition, the state’s high school students were much more likely than their peers nationwide to perform well on Advanced Placement exams.

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