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   C (2.0)
Overall Ranking   26th
State Academic Standards   B-
Charter Schools   D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   B
Private School Choice Programs   C-
Teacher Quality & Policies   C
Digital Learning:   D-

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   C D+ D+ D+ D D C C- C
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 15th 39th 26th
State Academic Standards   D- F B+ F F F B B B-
Charter Schools   F -- -- -- -- -- C D D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   B B B B B B C C B
Private School Choice   -- -- F C C C C D C-
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- C- C- C- D D D D+ C
Digital Learning   -- -- D+ F D- D- C D- D-

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   232
Math (8th Grade)   268
Reading (4th Grade)   216
Reading (8th Grade)   258

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   40th 34th 44th 44th --
Math (4th Grade)   228 231 233 231 232
Math (8th Grade)   269 269 269 267 268
Reading (4th Grade)   216 220 219 217 216
Reading (8th Grade)   255 258 257 259 258

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $9,258
% From Federal Funding 10%
% From State Funding 55%
% From Local Funding 35%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $8,755 $8,803 $9,258
% From Federal Spending --% 10.8% 10.3%
% From State Spending --% 54.8% 55.0%
% From Local Spending --% 54.8% 55.0%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 4,874,747
Per Capita Income $40,805
Graduation Rate 89.3%
Average Class Size 17.51
2015 2017
State Population 0 4,874,747
Per Capita Income $-- $40805
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 87% 89.3%
Average Class Size 15.8 17.51

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