Wisconsin public schools rank fifth in country, according to WalletHub

State public school systems ranked by quality, safety metrics

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Wisconsin’s public school system has been ranked the fifth-best in the country by personal finance website WalletHub.com.

The top public school system according to the website is in Massachusetts followed by New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. School systems were ranked on several metrics including math and reading test scores, dropout rates, school safety, and average ACT and SAT scores.


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Wisconsin ranked No. 1 in the country in school safety based on the percentage of public school students in grades 9 through 12 who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

The state’s school system tied with New Jersey’s for the third-lowest dropout rate in the country behind Iowa (No. 1) and Nebraska (No. 2).

The average SAT score for students enrolled in the Wisconsin public school system ranked sixth, with the average ACT score ranked 17th.

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WalletHub collected data from organizations that include the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. News & World Report.

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