Illinois leads its neighboring states in the teacher-friendliness rankings issued recently by Wallet Hub.
New York, Connecticut and Minnesota are ranked first, second and third, respectively, and Hawaii is rated last.
The study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment.”
The study evaluated the two dimensions using 22 relevant metrics, each of which was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for living and working as a teacher. The study then determined each state and the District of Columbia’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states.
Illinois ranked second in “Opportunity & Competition” and 21st in “Academic & Work Environment.”