Washington is the best state for teachers right now: study

Sep 21 2020, 8:00 pm

Being a teacher these days requires additional patience, as you not only have to teach students information but also keep them engaged online.

While 2020 online learning brings many new challenges, if you’re a teacher in Washington, you can breathe a little easier knowing that you’re living in the best state for teachers.

After analyzing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics, a new study revealed that the Evergreen State is the top state in which to teach.

Using 25 relevant metrics including salary, pension, the existence of digital learning plan, and statewide school reopening, Washington totaled a score of 56.28 out of 100, topping the list. Next came Utah, followed by New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Oregon. New Hampshire came in last place, with a low score of 31.35.

Source: WalletHub

Washington also came in fifth place for the highest annual salaries, after Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts. The state ranked eighth in the highest average starting salary for teachers, 21st for quality of school system, 14th for public-school spending per student, first in the 10-year change in teacher salaries, ninth in the statewide school reopening, and first in the existence of a digital learning plan.

If you’re wondering what being a teacher looks like these days, check out this viral TikTok video from Mackenzie Adams as she gains the attention of her Washington kindergarteners.

@kenziiewenzmy facial expressions trying to keep kindergarteners engaged in online learning ##onlineschool ##fyp ##teacher♬ original sound – Mackenzie

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