The best schools in the nation are in cities that are thriving and that are generally well-regarded, according to a new report.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonprofit that studies education policy, said it is not the most rigorous way to measure student achievement, but that it gives a better indication of where to start when it comes to which schools are best for your child.
The institute’s report, published Wednesday in the journal Education Week, found that the best schools for children in each state have a “healthy mix of public and private institutions,” and that these mix levels are higher in cities than in rural areas.
For example, the University of Texas at Austin has a large public school system with a low ratio of students to teachers, and it also has the highest percentage of students in poverty, the institute found.
But its low poverty rate is offset by a high percentage of low-income students, according the institute.
“These high ratios and high rates of student achievement are consistent with a healthy mix of schools, but these mix ratios are significantly higher in urban areas than in the suburbs,” said the institute’s president, Thomas E. Kollerstrom.
The report said it was also the case that there was a “significant lack of diversity among school districts.”
The schools are “more diverse than the districts with the highest proportions of low income students,” the institute said.
For a full list of the top-ranked schools in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, see the list of schools in our rankings.