December 11, 2018
New rankings on performance of public schools
With the opening of another school year close at hand, there’s another look at how California’s public schools are performing.

The personal finance website WalletHub examined a state-by-state set of data ranging from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to median standardized-test scores and found that California needs a lot of improvement.

While local and state educators insist that progress is being made, California ranked in the bottom one-fourth in math and reading scores and had the worst pupil-teacher ratio in the nation. However, California was 14th highest in Median ACT Scores.

The prevalence of bullying and the students being threatened ranked high.

Quality & Safety of Schools in California (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
• 44th – Math Test Scores
• 38th – Reading Test Scores
• 51st – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
• 43rd – Median SAT Score
• 14th – Median ACT Score
• 22nd – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers
• 30th – Dropout Rate
• 7th – Bullying Incidence Rate
• 4th – % of Threatened/Injured High School Students

Overall, Massachusetts public schools scored the highest and New Mexico the lowest.

Among WalletHub’s 25 key metrics were accounts for performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials.
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