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In 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked Wisconsin 8th for education; that is up from 2018, when the state ranked 18th for education. In 2019, it ranked 14th for education.

Wisconsin’s 2021 ranking included 15th for higher education and 8th for grades pre-K through 12. 

U.S. News and World Report determines education rankings based on data including the cost of public colleges, percentage of children enrolled in preschool and math and reading test scores. 

According to the magazine, the top 10 education states in 2021 were, in order: New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Utah.


US News & World Report: Best States for Education 2021

US News & World Report: Best States Overall Ranking 2018

US News & World Report:Best States Overall Ranking 2019

US News & World Report: Best States Overall Ranking 2021

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.