Introduction

The state's grade is based on six factors: state academic standards, charter schools, homeschool regulation burden, private school choice, teacher quality, and digital learning. Because the Education and Workforce Task Force at ALEC focuses the most on private school choice and charter schools, those factors were given double weight in the calculation over overall rank and grade. The weighted grades were converted into a GPA average and an individual rank.

Report Card Ranking

Current

Overall Grade   B (3.0)
Overall Ranking   6th
State Academic Standards   A
Charter Schools   A
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   --
Teacher Quality & Policies   D+
Digital Learning:   --

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
ALEC Overall Grade   C B B- B- C- C- B
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 6th
State Academic Standards   -- C A- C+ C C A
Charter Schools   A A A A A A A
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C C
Private School Choice   -- -- D B D D --
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D- D D+ D+ D+ D+
Digital Learning   -- -- -- -- -- -- --

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   22nd
Math (4th Grade)   231
Math (8th Grade)   263
Reading (4th Grade)   212
Reading (8th Grade)   248

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015
Performance Rank   26th 24th 22nd 22nd
Math (4th Grade)   219 222 229 231
Math (8th Grade)   254 260 265 263
Reading (4th Grade)   202 201 206 212
Reading (8th Grade)   242 242 248 248

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $21,347
% From Federal Funding 10%
% From Local Funding 90%

Historical Data

2013 2015
Per-pupil Spending $17,953 $21,347
% From Federal Spending --% 10.1%
% From State Spending --% 0%
% From Local Spending --% 0%

Demographics & Achievement

Graduation Rate 64%
Average Class Size 11.9
2015
State Population 0
Per Capita Income $--
School-aged Children 0
Graduation Rate 64%
Average Class Size 11.9

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