I came across a 2021 list of the best and worst schools in the nation. How do you feel about the education you got growing up in Jersey?  Were you more or less prepared for the world than people you know from other states?  It's funny, I think we assume that we have a stellar school system here in the northeast but do we really?  I have the full list ranked in order below from worst to best.  Did New Jersey break the top ten?

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WalletHub's does their annual list ranking our nations schools.  I was surprised at the 2021 list.  Here are the states ranked from worst to best for education:

New Mexico

Louisiana

Arizona

Alaska

Alabama

Oklahoma

Mississippi

West Virginia

South Carolina

Oregon

California

Hawaii

Nevada

Arkansas

District of Columbia

Idaho

Missouri

Michigan

North Carolina

Georgia

Tennessee

Ohio

Kansas

Texas

Montana

Washington

South Dakota

Pennsylvania

Wyoming

Indiana

Colorado

Iowa

Kentucky

Florida

North Dakota

Utah

Illinois

New York

Maine

Minnesota

Rhode Island

Vermont

Wisconsin

Nebraska

Delaware

Maryland

New Hampshire

Virginia

New Jersey

Connecticut

Massachusetts

I had you worried didn't I?  New Jersey did amazing...we broke the top three!  Only Connecticut and Massachusetts are above us and I'm pretty proud of that. I'm surprised that that Florida did so well in particular. What are you thoughts?  I've lived in Minneapolis, the school system was really good but not as good as it is here, I've always felt that way. I've lived down south and the schools just don't compare. New Jersey was ranked in the "best" category for the existence of digital learning which as we all know was more important than ever this past year and a half.

Some of the reasons why New Jersey did so well:

NJ has a great high school graduation rate among low income students, 84% graduate even thought there are financial challenges.

New Jersey also has high math, reading and ACT test scores.

Way to go Jersey!

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