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


Overall Grade   C- (1.67)
Overall Ranking   39th
State Academic Standards   B
Charter Schools   D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   D
Teacher Quality & Policies   D+
Digital Learning:   D-

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ALEC Overall Grade   C D+ D+ D+ D D C C-
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 15th 39th
State Academic Standards   D- F B+ F F F B B
Charter Schools   F -- -- -- -- -- C D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   B B B B B B C C
Private School Choice   -- -- F C C C C D
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- C- C- C- D D D D+
Digital Learning   -- -- D+ F D- D- C D-



Performance Rank   44th
Math (4th Grade)   231
Math (8th Grade)   267
Reading (4th Grade)   217
Reading (8th Grade)   259

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015
Performance Rank   40th 34th 44th 44th
Math (4th Grade)   228 231 233 231
Math (8th Grade)   269 269 269 267
Reading (4th Grade)   216 220 219 217
Reading (8th Grade)   255 258 257 259

Education Spending


Per-pupil Spending $8,803
% From Federal Funding 11%
% From State Funding 55%
% From Local Funding 34%

Historical Data

2013 2015
Per-pupil Spending $8,755 $8,803
% From Federal Spending --% 10.8%
% From State Spending --% 54.8%
% From Local Spending --% 54.8%

Demographics & Achievement

Graduation Rate 87%
Average Class Size 15.8
State Population 0
Per Capita Income $--
School-aged Children 0
Graduation Rate 87%
Average Class Size 15.8

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