Wisconsin has Illinois beat when it comes to some state school rankings, according to one report.
When it comes to variables like drop-out rate, school safety and test scores, Wisconsin ranked 5th overall in the country – whereas Illinois ranked 13th. That’s according to a WalletHub report, which uses data from national collection agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Massachusetts ranked first overall in the report, and Louisiana ranked last overall. Washington, D.C. had the lowest average math, reading and SAT scores, along with the highest drop-out rate.
Illinois reportedly had the highest average SAT score compared to other states and ranked 22nd in school system safety. That takes into account bullying incidents, youth incarceration, disciplinary incidents and the percentage of public high school students who reported being injured or threatened with a weapon on school grounds.
Wisconsin tied for 3rd with New Jersey for the lowest national drop-out rates and ranked first in the “safest schools” category. That only takes into account the percentage of public high school students who reported being injured or threatened with a weapon on school grounds.