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U.S. School systems: Where Connecticut ranks

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According to a new survey, Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the country.

The personal finance website WalletHub.com released its list of 2016's states with the best and worst school systems.

Connecticut ranked 3rd out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"I think people are finding out what we've known for a long time that we have an excellent pool of educators in our public education system in Connecticut," AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel said. 

WalletHub said it looked at 17 key metrics for the analysis, including student-teacher ratio, average SAT and ACT scores and dropout rate.

Here's how the state ranked in the survey's subcategories:

  • 11th in bullying-incidents rate
  • 23rd in math test score
  • 4th in reading test score
  • 6th in pupil-teacher ratio
  • 13th in dropout rate
  • 1st in average ACT score
  • 27th in percentage of licensed/certified public kindergarten through grade 12 teachers
  • 22nd in school safety

"Obviously, we went through a tragedy," Hochadel said. "Through tragedy though I think our students feel that they do have a voice and a place to go to and they feel safe with their teachers."

With just a few weeks to go until the start of the school year, parents said this study reassures them that their children are in good hands.

"I've got three girls," Kimberly Taylor, of Glastonbury, said. "I love and am thrilled they're getting a good education so that's wonderful."

Only Massachusetts and New Jersey students outperform those in Connecticut. Vermont and Wisconsin round out the top five.

New Mexico and Louisiana had the worst systems, according to WalletHub.

To see the complete study, visit WalletHub's website here.

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