The study compared all 50 states across 18 metrics to determine their scores for educational attainment (60 points), quality of education and achievement gaps between genders and races (40 points).
Massachusetts received a total score of 81.82 and ranked number one for educational attainment and number three for quality of education. In addition, the Commonwealth has the highest percentage of people who hold a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree.
Rounding out the top five were Maryland (2nd), Connecticut (3rd), Colorado (4th) and Vermont (5th). Other New England states to crack the top 20 included New Hampshire (8th) and Rhode Island (15th). Maine came up just shy at number 21.