Washington ranks 26th in new report on “best and worst school systems.”

Washington ranks in the middle of the states in a new report assessing public school systems. Governing magazine writes,

There are many variables that can factor when a family is looking for a new school that is best for their children: performance, location, safety, class size and cost. However, choosing a good K-12 school system is easier in some states than others, according to a recent report.

WalletHub, a financial advice firm, analyzed which states have the best and worst public school education based upon data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and other sources. Its report examined school districts by considering “quality” and “safety” through 32 metrics, including number of public schools, graduation rates, test scores, student-teacher ratios, digital learning plans, school shootings, grade of surrounding roads, incarceration rates and more. These metrics were graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the highest quality of education available, and then the scores were ranked in order of best to worst school systems.

Massachusetts topped the list. Washington came in 26th overall, ranking 27th on the “quality” and 5th on “safety.”

We’ll repeat our usual cautions and note that WalletHub puts out a lot of these data-driven ranking reports. Still, interesting. Further, we’d point out that the Massachusetts and Washington rankings are pretty much on target with our most recent Opportunity Washington Scorecard “Achieve” (education) rankings.