The 2023-24 school year is right around the corner, and families in New York and beyond are hustling to ready their kids for the first day of school in their new grade. There are clothes and supplies to buy, backpacks to organize and lunches to get ready; it's a very busy month for every family in this situation.

Ahead of the new school year, a study was published that compared every state's school systems against one another, and ranked them from best to worst. While New York's schools performed decently well, there were a few other Northeast states that jumped ahead of them in these rankings.

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Study Ranks New York's School Systems Against Others in America in 2023

A study done by WalletHub examined the school systems of every state in the country, and ranked the states from 1-50 based on the "grade" that was assigned for the strength of their schools. The experts at WalletHub measured performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials, among many other factors, in order to determine the relative strength of each state's schools.

From there, the states were ranked, and it was determined that New York has the 13th-best school systems in the country for the 2023-24 school year.

Unsplash / Ivan Aleksic
Unsplash / Ivan Aleksic

Here were the specific metrics through which WalletHub evaluated school districts across the country, and where New York ranked in each of them:

  • 37th – Math Test Scores
  • 22nd – Reading Test Scores
  • 6th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 33rd – Median SAT Score
  • 6th – Median ACT Score
  • 27th – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers
  • 36th – Dropout Rate
  • 20th – Bullying Incidence Rate
  • 33rd – % of Threatened/Injured High School Students
  • 1st – Existence of Digital Learning Plan
Unsplash / MChe Lee
Unsplash / MChe Lee

Meanwhile, here is where states around New York were ranked for their school systems:

  • Massachusetts: 1st
  • Connecticut: 2nd
  • New Jersey: 3rd
  • New Hampshire: 6th
  • New York: 13th
  • Maine: 15th
  • Vermont: 21st
  • Pennsylvania: 24th
  • Rhode Island: 26th

It was a very strong showing for the Northeast as a whole in this study. Whether your kid is going to a school in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut or another surrounding state, the 2023-24 school year should prove to be a great one.

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