A new study put together by the website WalletHub ranked the school systems in every states plus Washington DC to see which have the best and worst school systems. They looked at several components like performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials, plus subcategories of each.
Based on those factors, Alabama ranks 44 out of 51. Massachusetts is at the top of the list while New Mexico is dead last.
Alabama ranked 48th in the nation when it comes to math scores on standardized tests, 45th for reading scores on standardized tests, and tied with Mississippi, Hawaii, North Carolina, and South Carolina for the 46th lowest median ACT scores.
But it isn't all bad news. Alabama ranked 16th in the nation for the lowest dropout rate, and 19th in percentage of licensed or certified teachers.
The news was somewhat better for Tennessee which ranked 35th in the nation in this study.