- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Kids are preparing to go back to school, some more reluctantly than others, so what better time to look at how each state’s education system compares?

In a nonscientific study, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared pupil-teacher ratio, dropout rates, standardized test scores, bullying incident rates and eight other metrics to determine what its calling the best state school system.

Overall, Virginia came in at No. 11. Massachusetts was No. 1, followed by Colorado; Alaska was last.

In the individual categories, Virginia came in neither at the top nor the bottom. The state ranked above average in reading (12) and math (14) test scores, pupil-teacher ratio (18) and school safety (11). At No. 29, the average SAT score was a bit below average.

Take a closer look at how WalletHub ranked each state. Click on a state to see its overall rank.

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub also compared each state’s rank compared with what it spends on education:

Source: WalletHub

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