Despite not ranking first in any particular category, the Garden State was judged second in the country when it came to its schools, according to Wallet Hub, a personal financial social network. (Massachusetts came in first.)
Seventeen key metrics were considered for the ranking – ranging from test scores, pupil-teacher ratios, dropout rate, school safety, and number of bullying incidents. New Jersey scored high for dropout rate (3), math scores (4), reading scores (5), and lowest pupil-teacher ratio (4). The state ranked 8th for ACT scores, 12th for school safety, 14th for certified teachers, and 30th for average SAT score.
Overall, New Jersey earned a ranking of 3 for both overall school quality and overall school-system safety (which also included things like youth incarceration rates and number of disciplinary incidents).