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   17th
State Academic Standards   B
Charter Schools   C
Homeschool Regulation Burden   D
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+ B- C- C- C- C C C
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 17th 17th 17th
State Academic Standards   C C A- C A A A A B
Charter Schools   B B B C C C C C C
Homeschool Regulation Burden   D D D D D D D D D
Private School Choice   -- -- C C D D -- C C+
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- D D+ C- C- C- C- C- C
Digital Learning   -- -- C+ F D D D D D

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   242
Math (8th Grade)   286
Reading (4th Grade)   225
Reading (8th Grade)   270

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   6th 5th 7th 7th --
Math (4th Grade)   244 246 244 243 242
Math (8th Grade)   288 286 290 284 286
Reading (4th Grade)   224 227 226 227 225
Reading (8th Grade)   271 268 272 269 270

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $15,165
% From Federal Funding 6%
% From State Funding 39%
% From Local Funding 55%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $13,864 $13,149 $15,165
% From Federal Spending --% 6.6% 6.4%
% From State Spending --% 37.2% 38.7%
% From Local Spending --% 37.2% 38.7%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 12,805,537
Per Capita Income $53,300
Graduation Rate 86.6%
Average Class Size 14.1
2015 2017
State Population 0 12,805,537
Per Capita Income $-- $53300
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 89% 86.6%
Average Class Size 13.6 14.1

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