WalletHub Survey Ranks Utah’s Schools No. 16 In Nation

Aug 12, 2021, 1:44 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — The vast majority of Utahns are the product of a public school education, and you want to believe that your neighborhood districts provide the best opportunities for your children, too.

A recent WalletHub study ranked schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the Beehive State checked in at No. 16.

That might be surprising when you consider how much flack Utah receives for being among the lowest spenders per student – 50 out of 51, only ahead of Idaho.

But Utah’s ranking is better than every other state in the West. So how did we land so high on the list?

Source: WalletHub

Wallet Hub ranked every state and DC based on 32 metrics in two categories — quality and safety.

This was a comprehensive look at things like dropout rate, math and reading scores — Utah landed in the top 5 for reading.

It also considered ACT and SAT scores and Blue Ribbon school rankings.

On the safety side, the study considered how common are violence school shootings and drugs on campus, along with COVID-19 concerns and access to technology during the pandemic.

No one would argue that classroom size is always a concern, along with the number of skilled teachers and competitive salaries.

Those issues aside, Utah ranked in the top 30% of states in a pretty thorough survey.

Is there room for improvement? Yes. But are there things to build on and be proud of? Also, yes.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Back to School

FILE: Getty Images...
Matt Rascon

Districts seek substitute teachers amidst shortages

School districts are asking their communities to help fill the expected gaps in the classrooms this year by becoming substitute teachers.
13 hours ago
The Davis School District opened on Mayday with 130 nutrition services position open. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Staffing shortages plague many Utah school districts on the first day of school

Ready or not, Monday was the first day of school for many kids in Utah.
2 days ago
Students cross the street with a crossing guard holding traffic (KSl TV)...
Karah Brackin

Crossing guards needed in several Utah cities

When kids head back to school we want to see our kids make it there safely.
2 days ago
File photo...
Tamara Vaifanua

Canyons School District implementing new school lunch program

During the pandemic, Utah students got to eat school meals for free thanks to federal waivers.
2 days ago
FILE: Davis School District....
Mike Anderson

Davis School District adds resources to handle COVID-19

The Davis School District is shifting their approach to COVID, putting more decisions in the hands of parents while getting more funds to help monitor the virus.
5 days ago
Ladd Egan

Amid increased need and dwindling supplies, Tabitha’s Way holds food drive on Saturday

Tabitha’s Way food pantry says donations are down at the same time that demand for food assistance has gone up.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
WalletHub Survey Ranks Utah’s Schools No. 16 In Nation