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+ (2.33)
Overall Ranking   14th
State Academic Standards   A
Charter Schools   D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   A
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 C+ C C C+ C+ C C+ C+
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 20th 14th 14th
State Academic Standards   D D A- D B- B- A A A
Charter Schools   D D C C C C C D D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   A A A A A A A A A
Private School Choice   -- -- F D C C -- C- C+
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D+ C C+ C+ C+ C+ C+ C+
Digital Learning   -- -- D F D- D- D- D- D-

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   238
Math (8th Grade)   282
Reading (4th Grade)   220
Reading (8th Grade)   267

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   38th 28th 30th 30th --
Math (4th Grade)   238 239 239 237 238
Math (8th Grade)   282 283 285 282 282
Reading (4th Grade)   219 219 219 222 220
Reading (8th Grade)   265 266 267 267 267

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $14,327
% From Federal Funding 7%
% From State Funding 41%
% From Local Funding 53%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $12,288 $11,671 $14,327
% From Federal Spending --% 7.6% 6.5%
% From State Spending --% 36.7% 41.0%
% From Local Spending --% 36.7% 41.0%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 12,802,023
Per Capita Income $54,203
Graduation Rate 87%
Average Class Size 15.72
2015 2017
State Population 0 12,802,023
Per Capita Income $-- $54203
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 86% 87%
Average Class Size 15.2 15.72

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