According to the "Quality Counts" report released by Education week schools in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania made the top 10 when compared to all 50 states. The best schools were in Massachusetts. The worst schools were in Nevada.
Of course, in all states the neighborhood where the school is also matters. The Quality Counts report looked at school finances, student achievement and environmental factors. Massachusetts Schools lead in 3 categories: chances for success, finances and achievements. The state's graduation rate was 87 percent.
Schools in Pennsylvania came in 8th and schools in New York came in 9th. Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are considered "High Tax" states so it's understandable these states would rank high in the "Finances" category. I pay taxes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It's good to see the schools doing well.
There are two sides to the argument for high taxes. When taxes get too high people move out. There's no doubt people are leaving New Jersey and New York for lower tax states. The amount of money we put into schools in New Jersey should bring us good results. However, we still must work to save money wherever possible. Allowing taxes to get even higher will do more harm than good in my opinion.
Source: 24/7 Wall Street