A new study from WalletHub highlights the disparities between public school systems in the DMV.
In its annual list of best and worst school systems across the country, the personal finance website ranked Maryland and Virginia in the top 10, while Washington, D.C., landed in the bottom 15.
To determine the rankings, a team of researchers compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 32 metrics of quality and safety. They also took into account performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials.
Virginia secured the No. 4 spot, scoring a five in quality and a two in safety. Maryland followed close behind at No. 6, with a score of eight in quality and a four in safety.
At No. 37, D.C. received a quality score of 34 and 47 in safety. It has the highest dropout rate and lowest median SAT score, but it ranked first for lowest bullying-incidence rates.