(KGTV) - As parents and children prepare for a new school year, a study shows California schools do not earn top grades compared to other states.
California ranked 38th among the 50 states and District of Columbia in 29 categories, according to the Wallet Hub study.
Data considered to measure quality included graduation rate, dropout rate, math and reading test scores, Advanced Placement exam scores, student-teacher ratio, and SAT and ACT results.
Safety was measured by number of school shootings, share of high school students who were armed, participating in violence, or access to illegal drugs, school safety plans, youth incarceration rates, and safety grades of roads around schools.
California was 4th best for the percentage of threatened or injured high school students. The state came in last for its student-teacher ratio.
Other key rankings:
- 44th – Math Test Scores
- 38th – Reading Test Scores
- 32nd – Median SAT Score
- 16th – Median ACT Score
- 22nd – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers
- 34th – Dropout Rate
- 7th – Bullying Incidence Rate
Top states for education included Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Vermont. The worst states were West Virginia, Mississippi, Arizona, Louisiana, and New Mexico.