by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
WalletHub, a website I love to hate, has released its 2017 States with the Best & Worst School Systems list. North Carolina ranked 13th overall. Only Virginia had a higher ranking in the Southeast (6th overall).
According to the website, “To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key measures.” Those measures included student performance outcomes and safety metrics, all awarded arbitrary weights by WalletHub staff.
WalletHub will release their “best and worst states for teachers” list in a few weeks. When that ridiculous ranking gives North Carolina low marks, as it usually does, I am sure that the media will give it plenty of attention.