Top-Ranked States for Education


Elementary and secondary education is the foundation for further education and career potential, so it’s vital that your child get the best education possible. Schools across the country can be ranked on several factors, but standardized tests, graduation rates and completion of college-level education are some of the main factors used to compare and rank states.

Elementary Schools

  • According to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress's fourth grade math scores, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana and Vermont are the country’s leaders. Based on the NAEP fourth grade reading scores, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New Jersey are leading the states. New Hampshire, Virginia, North Dakota, Kentucky and Massachusetts are the top-ranked schools for science at the fourth grade level.

Middle Schools

  • The NAEP lists Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and Minnesota as the top-ranked states based on the 2013 eighth grade math scores. The reading scores indicate that Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire are top ranked in this area.

High Schools

  • For high schools across the country, Maine comes in number one, California takes the second place spot and Connecticut falls into third place, reports "U.S. News and World Report" in 2014. These rankings are based on successful college preparation, student participation, statewide test scores and advanced placement scores.

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