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   D (1.0)
Overall Ranking   47th
State Academic Standards   B
Charter Schools   --
Homeschool Regulation Burden   B
Private School Choice Programs   F
Teacher Quality & Policies   D+
Digital Learning:   D-

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
ALEC Overall Grade   D C C C+ C C D
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 47th
State Academic Standards   F F A- A A A B
Charter Schools   D C C C C C --
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C B
Private School Choice   -- -- F F C C F
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- C- B- B B B D+
Digital Learning   -- -- D+ F F F D-

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   24th
Math (4th Grade)   241
Math (8th Grade)   278
Reading (4th Grade)   219
Reading (8th Grade)   265

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015
Performance Rank   36th 44th 24th 24th
Math (4th Grade)   232 233 240 241
Math (8th Grade)   275 274 278 278
Reading (4th Grade)   217 215 220 219
Reading (8th Grade)   261 259 265 265

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $8,614
% From Federal Funding 12%
% From State Funding 47%
% From Local Funding 41%

Historical Data

2013 2015
Per-pupil Spending $8,208 $8,614
% From Federal Spending --% 11.9%
% From State Spending --% 46.8%
% From Local Spending --% 46.8%

Demographics & Achievement

Graduation Rate 85%
Average Class Size 14.9
2015
State Population 0
Per Capita Income $--
School-aged Children 0
Graduation Rate 85%
Average Class Size 14.9

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