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   12th
State Academic Standards   B
Charter Schools   B
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   D-
Teacher Quality & Policies   C+
Digital Learning:   B-

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   B C+ C C+ C C C C+ C+
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 29th 12th 12th
State Academic Standards   A C- A- D+ D+ D+ C+ C+ B
Charter Schools   C C C B B B C B B
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C B B C
Private School Choice   -- -- F B D D F F D-
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- C- C- C- C- C- C C C+
Digital Learning   -- -- C- C B- B- C B- B-

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   234
Math (8th Grade)   275
Reading (4th Grade)   213
Reading (8th Grade)   260

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   51st 50th 51st 51st --
Math (4th Grade)   236 237 237 237 234
Math (8th Grade)   280 281 280 276 275
Reading (4th Grade)   216 215 214 218 213
Reading (8th Grade)   257 260 261 260 260

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $10,045
% From Federal Funding 9%
% From State Funding 48%
% From Local Funding 44%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $9,514 $8,935 $10,045
% From Federal Spending --% 9.7% 8.8%
% From State Spending --% 46.4% 47.5%
% From Local Spending --% 46.4% 47.5%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 5,024,369
Per Capita Income $41,633
Graduation Rate 83.6%
Average Class Size 15.19
2015 2017
State Population 0 5,024,369
Per Capita Income $-- $41633
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 79% 83.6%
Average Class Size 15.4 15.19

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