Connecticut school systems ranked 13th best in U.S.

Connecticut’s school systems rank 13th best in the nation, according to personal finance social network WalletHub.

“With school resuming session, many parents will seek the best school districts in order to secure the greatest chance for their children’s academic success  — and higher future earning potential,” according to WalletHub.

To “encourage parents to help their children realize their maximum potential,” WalletHub analyzed 12 key metrics to study the quality of education in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and determine the best and worst school systems in the country.

School system quality

Based on WalletHub’s analysis of the following metrics, the quality of Connecticut’s school systems ranked 11th best in the nation:

  • Reading test scores.
  • Math test scores.
  • Remote learning opportunities from online public schools.
  • Dropout rates.
  • Presence of public schools in U.S. News & World Report’s lists of the top 700 best schools.
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio.
  • Percentage of children who repeated at least one grade.
  • Number of public libraries and visits.

Connecticut has the fourth-highest reading test scores and the 22nd highest math test scores in the nation. Connecticut also has the seventh lowest pupil-to-teacher ratio in the nation.

Due to a lack of remote public school learning opportunities, Connecticut earned the title of the 15th worst school system in that category.

Connecticut has the 12th lowest dropout rate in the nation, at 15%, and the 11th highest number of public schools on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 700 schools.

At 10%, Connecticut has the nation’s 16th lowest percentage of six- to 12-year-olds who repeated at least one grade since kindergarten.

Also contributing to the Nutmeg State’s 11th overall school system quality ranking is its fifth-place “bookworms rank,” which is based on a composite metric of library visits per capita and the number of public libraries per 100,000 population.


In terms of safety, 6% of  Connecticut public school students in grades 9-12 have reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, making Connecticut the 16th safest state in the nation.

Connecticut school systems also have the 27th highest rate of bullying incidents in the nation.

According to WalletHub’s analysis, the state with the best school systems overall is New Jersey, which ranked No. 1 in school system quality and second best in education output and safety.

With the No. 1 worst school system quality ranking and 20th worst education output and safety ranking, Washington, D.C., was ranked with the worst school systems in the nation.


Using the school system quality rankings, WalletHub also ranked the states based on education spending. Connecticut ranked No. 6, due to its high spending and strong school system.

New Jersey ranked No. 1 in the spending ranking, while Arizona ranked the lowest due to low spending and weak school systems.

“In comparing schools, it’s important to recognize that though the amount of state funding a school receives can be helpful, it is by no means a determinant of quality,” according to WalletHub.

Click here to see how WalletHub ranked other states.