DETROIT (WWJ) – A new ranking of states with the best and worst school systems shows that Michigan is not making the grade.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez of Wallet Hub, which did the survey, says Michigan scored low in student-teacher ratio and high school graduation rates, especially among low-income students.

“Student performance has not been too strong the last few years,” says Gonzalez. “We looked at math and reading test scores in both grades four and eight – Michigan was consistently in the bottom 10 there, as well, and that trajectory tends to kind of stay put with the average ACT score, again, in the bottom 10.”

There were 17 different metrics used in the study to determine school quality — school safety, bullying incidents on school property to cyber-bullying were also included.

Massachusetts was the highest ranking state in the survey, while Louisiana was at the bottom, Michigan came in at 34.


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