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   27th
State Academic Standards   A
Charter Schools   B
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   F
Teacher Quality & Policies   D+
Digital Learning:   D+

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   B B C+ C+ C C C C C
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 27th 20th 27th
State Academic Standards   B- B- A- B B B A A A
Charter Schools   B B B B B B C B B
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C C C C
Private School Choice   -- -- F F F F -- -- F
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D+ C C+ C+ C+ C- C D+
Digital Learning   -- -- C- D+ D+ D+ C D+ D+

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   241
Math (8th Grade)   286
Reading (4th Grade)   225
Reading (8th Grade)   270

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   17th 4th 5th 5th --
Math (4th Grade)   243 244 247 242 241
Math (8th Grade)   287 292 290 286 286
Reading (4th Grade)   226 223 227 224 225
Reading (8th Grade)   266 271 271 268 270

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $9,619
% From Federal Funding 7%
% From State Funding 43%
% From Local Funding 50%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $8,647 $8,901 $9,619
% From Federal Spending --% 7.5% 6.7%
% From State Spending --% 43.5% 43.1%
% From Local Spending --% 43.5% 43.1%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 5,607,154
Per Capita Income $54,646
Graduation Rate 79.1%
Average Class Size 17.4
2015 2017
State Population 0 5,607,154
Per Capita Income $-- $54646
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 71% 79.1%
Average Class Size 17 17.4

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