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   5th
State Academic Standards   A
Charter Schools   A
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   C-
Teacher Quality & Policies   D+
Digital Learning:   --

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   C B B- B- C- C- B B B
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 6th 5th 5th
State Academic Standards   -- C A- C+ C C A A A
Charter Schools   A A A A A A A A A
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C C C C
Private School Choice   -- -- D B D D -- C- C-
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D- D D+ D+ D+ D+ D+ D+
Digital Learning   -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   231
Math (8th Grade)   266
Reading (4th Grade)   213
Reading (8th Grade)   247

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   26th 24th 22nd 22nd --
Math (4th Grade)   219 222 229 231 231
Math (8th Grade)   254 260 265 263 266
Reading (4th Grade)   202 201 206 212 213
Reading (8th Grade)   242 242 248 248 247

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $21,134
% From Federal Funding 11%
% From Local Funding 89%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $17,953 $21,347 $21,134
% From Federal Spending --% 10.1% 11.0%
% From State Spending --% 0% 0%
% From Local Spending --% 0% 0%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 693,972
Per Capita Income $79,989
Graduation Rate 73.2%
Average Class Size 12.76
2015 2017
State Population 0 693,972
Per Capita Income $-- $79989
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 64% 73.2%
Average Class Size 11.9 12.76

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