August 2, 2016 | Number of The Day
New Jersey ranks second in the country for best school system

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).