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Minnesota among top states for public education

The study found Minnesota students have some of the highest math test scores.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Feeling anxious about sending your kids back to school? This might put your mind at ease.

Minnesota has some of the best public school systems in the nation, according to a new WalletHub study.

Our state landed at number six in the rankings, behind Massachusetts (#1), New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia and Vermont.

Wisconsin ranked 11th.

WalletHub used two primary metrics to create their 2019 ranking, Quality and Safety. Each was evaluated using 29 additional categories graded on a 100-point scale.

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Some of those categories include Presence of Public Schools in “Top 700 Best U.S. Schools,” High School Graduation Rate Among Low-Income Students, Share of Threatened/Injured High School Students and Bullying Incidence Rate.

The study, conducted by five experts in the education field, also ranked the top five and bottom five states in several additional fields:

  • Lowest/Highest dropout rate
  • Highest/Lowest math test scores
  • Highest/Lowest reading test scores
  • Highest Median SAT scores
  • Lowest/Highest pupil-teacher ratio
  • Lowest/Highest percentage of threatened/Injuries high school students
  • Lowest/Highest bullying incidence rate

Minnesota had the second highest math test scores and highest median SAT scores.

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