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New Jersey School Systems Rank No. 1 According to Study

TAP into Chatham Staff

Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 9:30am

Last spring, the School District of the Chathams was ranked No. 9 in New Jersey and No. 209 nationally in a study produced by U.S. News and World Report.

A new study by WalletHub says that the quality of education provided makes New Jersey the No. 1-ranked educational system in the country, based on "student-teacher ratios, drop-out rates, test scores and bullying incidents." The article written by Richie Bernard also cites the Economic Policy Institute, which reported that "income is higher in states where the workforce is well educated."

The Top 10 rankings for school systems nationally: 1-New Jersey. 2-Massachusetts. 3-Vermont. 4-New Hampshire. 5-Kansas. 6-Colorado. 7-Virginia. 8-Minnesota. 9-Wisconsin. 10-Pennsylvania.

New Jersey earned its high ranking partly from its test scores. The Garden State has the fourth-highest math scores in the country and is tied for fourth with Connecticut on the list for highest reading scores.

Also, New Jersey is No. 5 in lowest pupil-to-student ratios and is tied for fifth with Oklahoma on the safest schools list.

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