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Old 08-17-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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I am not familiar with which states are great, and which are not. But I often hear that New Jersey and Massachusetts are one of the best, and Florida and California do not fare so well.

Please include some more information about each top state, and what makes the education there unique. We are still at the elementary level, so I am only interested in elementary/middle/high-school level.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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I feel that good schools are really important, but besides avoiding the states with really bad reputations, I think supporting your child, doing enrichment at home and being involved in your kids school, is more important then any school ranking. But if you really need numbers, here's a link: States with the Best and Worst School Systems - 24/7 Wall St.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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I feel that good schools are really important, but besides avoiding the states with really bad reputations, I think supporting your child, doing enrichment at home and being involved in your kids school, is more important then any school ranking. But if you really need numbers, here's a link: States with the Best and Worst School Systems - 24/7 Wall St.
Thank you. Yes indeed numbers don't mean much without parental involvement! Ideally I am looking for "word of mouth" advice from parents who are involved and supportive, but at the same time, have an opinion on which states are much better than others.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:34 AM
 
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Thank you. Yes indeed numbers don't mean much without parental involvement! Ideally I am looking for "word of mouth" advice from parents who are involved and supportive, but at the same time, have an opinion on which states are much better than others.
But how many parents have had kids in schools in more then even two states? I think the three school districts that my kids attended in Pennsylvania were all very good, but I would not venture to say that Pennsylvania, as a state, is better then any of it's neighboring states. I can't even compare our schools to the ones I attended in Delaware because that was so many years ago.

I will say this, all of my kids felt that they were well prepared for college compared to some of their other college friends from different areas.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Our kids attended public school in 4 states during their schooling - Ohio, New York, Minnesota, and California. I think your question is one everyone would love to know, but at the same time I don't believe you can label a state as the best vs. an actual school district within the state.

If I had to rank the 4 states we lived in based on the individual school districts our kids attended:
1. New York
2. Minnesota
3. Ohio
4. California
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Useless question.
Children do not attend "state" schools. They attend local schools.
New Jersey has some fabulous schools. It also has Camden.
California has Palo Alto and Compton.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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Useless question.
Children do not attend "state" schools. They attend local schools.
New Jersey has some fabulous schools. It also has Camden.
California has Palo Alto and Compton.
I agree. Most states are pretty big places. Schools and their populations can vary quite a bit.

Out of curiosity though, I had to look at the list linked above. Florida is ranked as the 6th best state. I'm not giving this survey much weight, but that was surprising.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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I agree. Most states are pretty big places. Schools and their populations can vary quite a bit.

Out of curiosity though, I had to look at the list linked above. Florida is ranked as the 6th best state. I'm not giving this survey much weight, but that was surprising.

Yeah, I laughed pretty hard at the thought that Florida schools are among the best in the country...
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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I am not familiar with which states are great, and which are not. But I often hear that New Jersey and Massachusetts are one of the best, and Florida and California do not fare so well.

Please include some more information about each top state, and what makes the education there unique. We are still at the elementary level, so I am only interested in elementary/middle/high-school level.
I am going to assume you are asking for this information for reasons other than curiosity - meaning, the responses may affect where you might move.

With that, realize school performance varies a lot more between schools located a few BLOCKS from each other than it does between states. In other words, if you want better schools than the ones you are attending now, you might only need to move a mile away instead of a state away.
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