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Virginia's public school system was ranked as the 6th best in the nation, while Maryland's came in 8th and D.C. came in 49th. (File photo)
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Virginia and Maryland rank in top 10 school systems, D.C. ranks as one of the worst

Remember that time when I told you that D.C. was the second most educated city in America? Turns out, it's probably not the D.C. school system that's making us the smarty pants that we are!

As crazy as it sounds (didn't summer just start??), most local students are only a few weeks away from going back to school and education is definitely on the brain. But as Wallethub's most recent study proves, the quality of the education kids are receiving is not equal in all parts of the country.

For the majority of U.S. families, public education is the only option. But the quality of public school systems varies widely from state to state and is often a question of funding.

To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states (and D.C.) across 25 key metrics, such as math and reading test scores, SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratios, bullying incidences and access to drugs. While both Virginia and Maryland scored in the top 10, D.C. had the third worst public school system in the country.

Top 10 States for Public School

  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Jersey
  3. Connecticut
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Vermont
  6. Virginia
  7. Minnesota
  8. Maryland
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Colorado

By comparison, D.C. came in 49th in the study. They scored the worst in the country for dropout rates, reading test scores, median SAT scores and division of SAT results by percentile; they had the second lowest math test scores in the country. However, they had the lowest bulling incidence rate.

Here's how Virginia Stacked Up (1 meaning they ranked the best in the category, 51st meaning the lowest)

  • 1st -- Presence of Adopted and Enacted Laws Regarding Mandatory School Resource Officers
  • 4th -- Math Test Scores
  • 4th -- Bullying Incidence Rate
  • 4th -- Share of School Students with Access to Illegal Drugs
  • 5th -- Median ACT Scores
  • 6th -- Share of 2017 High School Class Scoring "3" or Higher on AP Exams
  • 7th -- Reading Test Scores
  • 8th -- Number of School Shootings from 1990 to 2018
  • 20th-- Dropout Rate
  • 21st -- Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 28th -- Median SAT Scores

Here's how Maryland Stacked Up

  • 1st -- Presence of Adopted and Enacted Laws Regarding Mandatory School Resource Officers
  • 2nd -- Share of 2017 High School Class Scoring "3" or Higher on AP Exams
  • 3rd -- Presence of Public Schools in "Top 700 Best U.S. Schools"
  • 5th -- Median ACT Scores
  • 9th -- Blue Ribbon Schools Per Capita
  • 9th -- Bullying Incidence Rate
  • 12th-- Dropout Rate
  • 18th -- Reading Test Scores
  • 23rd -- Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 26th -- Math Test Scores

Here's How D.C. Stacked Up

  • 1st -- Projected HS Graduation Rate Increase Between 2017/2018 and 2031/2032
  • 1st -- Bullying Incidence Rate
  • 5th -- Blue Ribbon Schools Per Capita
  • 8th -- Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 10th -- Share of HS Graduates Who Completed ACT and/or SAT
  • 46th -- Youth Incarceration Rate
  • 47th -- Disciplinary Incidence Rate
  • 49th -- Share of Licensed/Certified Public K-12 Teachers
  • 50th -- Math Test Scores
  • 51st -- Dropout Rate
  • 51st -- Reading Test Scores

You can see the full study here.

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