(Brookline, MA 04/11/16) Brookline High School photographed on Monday, April 11, 2016. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki (Photo by PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Now this is a pleasant surprise for a Friday morning. The website FinanceBuzz.com has analyzed the public school systems nationwide and has determined that Massachusetts has a dang good one. They base their findings on a number of factors including performance, graduation rates, and more. In regards to Massachusetts, they say the quality of education and safety rate very high. They also take into account ACT scores. If you live in Brookline, even better. According to FinanceBuzz.com, “the Public Schools of Brookline in Norfolk County rank the best.”

The top 10 actually includes 3 New England states. Now keep in mind, “while these states may have the best public schools it may lead to higher tax rates for residents.” Without further delay, here are the top 10 states in the country for public schools.

Brookline High

(Brookline, MA 04/11/16) Brookline High School photographed on Monday, April 11, 2016. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki (Photo by PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

  • #10 Wisconsin

    Wisconsin is recognized for its fiscal stability, opportunity, and health care industries.

    About 42.3% of the state’s 5.8 million people are college educated.

    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

    Dr. Jill Underly was elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction in April of 2021. With more than two decades of public education experience, including her most-recent 6 years as the Superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, Underly has been committed to ensuring that every child, every day, has the opportunity for a first-class public education in the State of Wisconsin.

  • #9 Nebraska

    The state has an excellent infrastructure, a strong economy, and a beautiful natural environment. About 44.3% of its 1.9 million people are college educated.

    Nebraska Department of Education

    More than 1,000 Nebraska Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student members, adult advisers and guests recently gathered April 7-9, 2024 in the Lincoln Haymarket area for the annual State Leadership Conference. Attendees came from 90 Nebraska schools...

  • #8 North Dakota

    Overall, 44.4% of its 762,000 people are college educated.


    NDDPI provides guidance for school districts in complying with state and federal laws, communicates state education policy, and works to increase educational opportunity.


  • #7 New Hampshire

    New Hampshire schools rank high in both median ACT scores and reading test scores. About 47.5% of the 1.3 million people who live here are college educated.

    The Department of Education

    The New Hampshire Department of Education is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student. This site provides a wealth of data and information about the Department's programs, services, and initiatives at the fingertips of every citizen.

  • #6 Delaware

    About 41.5% of its 973,000 people are college educated.

  • #5 Maryland

    About 47.7% of its 6 million people are college educated. 

    Maryland State Department of Education

    The Blueprint required MSDE to commission an empirical study of the interim CCR standard and its adequacy to identify the students who have demonstrated their knowledge of English language arts and mathematics that enables the student to be successful in entry level credit bearing courses or postsecondary education training at a State community college.

  • #4 Virginia

    Virginia math scores are particularly high. The state is home to 8.5 million people, and 47.6% of its population has a college degree.


  • #3 New Jersey

    New Jersey students test very well in reading and math. Of New Jersey’s 8.8 million people, 47.7% are college educated.

    New Jersey Department of Education

    Home Page of the New Jersey Department of Education

  • #2 Connecticut

    CT boasts one of the highest student teacher ratios in the country. The state is home to 3.5 million people, and of those, 47.5% are college-educated.

    Connecticut State Department of Education

    The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students.

  • #1 Massachusetts

    Massachusetts has the highest rank for public schools across the country. The Public Schools of Brookline in Norfolk County rank the best, notable for its average spending of $20,250 per student each year.

    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

    The goal of the Massachusetts public K-12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Massachusetts public school students are leading the nation in reading and math and are at the top internationally in reading, science, and math according to the national NAEP and international PISA assessments.

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