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   24th
State Academic Standards   A
Charter Schools   C
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C
Private School Choice Programs   D-
Teacher Quality & Policies   B
Digital Learning:   F

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   D C C C+ C C D C C
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 47th 24th 24th
State Academic Standards   F F A- A A A B B A
Charter Schools   D C C C C C -- C C
Homeschool Regulation Burden   C C C C C C B B C
Private School Choice   -- -- F F C C F F D-
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- C- B- B B B D+ B B
Digital Learning   -- -- D+ F F F D- F F

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   237
Math (8th Grade)   279
Reading (4th Grade)   219
Reading (8th Grade)   262

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   36th 44th 24th 24th --
Math (4th Grade)   232 233 240 241 237
Math (8th Grade)   275 274 278 278 279
Reading (4th Grade)   217 215 220 219 219
Reading (8th Grade)   261 259 265 265 262

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $8,876
% From Federal Funding 12%
% From State Funding 46%
% From Local Funding 43%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $8,208 $8,614 $8,876
% From Federal Spending --% 11.9% 11.5%
% From State Spending --% 46.8% 45.9%
% From Local Spending --% 46.8% 45.9%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 6,715,984
Per Capita Income $45,517
Graduation Rate 89.8%
Average Class Size 15.58
2015 2017
State Population 0 6,715,984
Per Capita Income $-- $45517
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 85% 89.8%
Average Class Size 14.9 15.58

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