As of 2015, SchoolDigger.com ranks Worcester Massachusetts 323rd out of 343 American cities assessed for school quality and performance. This rating includes elementary, middle and high schools, but the inclusion of private schools can affect results.
Several other ranking systems also rate Worcester schools poorly overall. While two of Worcester's public high schools received medals in U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools rankings, several others did badly, pulling down ratings for the district as a whole. However, student-teacher ratios in the Worcester area are better than the average for the state, with Worcester holding at 13:1 versus the state average of 14:1.