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- (1.67)
Overall Ranking   31st
State Academic Standards   B+
Charter Schools   D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   D
Teacher Quality & Policies   D+
Digital Learning:   C

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   D+ C- C- C C C C C- C-
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 18th 28th 31st
State Academic Standards   B- B A- B- C+ C+ A A B+
Charter Schools   F -- C C C C C D D
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C C C C
Private School Choice   -- -- C D C C -- D- D
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- F D- C- C- C- C- C- D+
Digital Learning   -- -- D+ D+ C C C C C

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   240
Math (8th Grade)   284
Reading (4th Grade)   221
Reading (8th Grade)   269

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   14th 14th 14th 14th --
Math (4th Grade)   244 244 246 242 240
Math (8th Grade)   286 289 289 285 284
Reading (4th Grade)   224 222 225 224 221
Reading (8th Grade)   268 270 269 268 269

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $14,202
% From Federal Funding 7%
% From State Funding 38%
% From Local Funding 55%

Historical Data

2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $12,566 $14,202
% From Federal Spending 7% 6.7%
% From State Spending 39.6% 38.3%
% From Local Spending 39.6% 38.3%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 1,335,907
Per Capita Income $46,455
Graduation Rate 86.9%
Average Class Size 12.24
2015 2017
State Population 0 1,335,907
Per Capita Income $-- $46455
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 87% 86.9%
Average Class Size 11.6 12.24

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