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   40th
State Academic Standards   B+
Charter Schools   F
Homeschool Regulation Burden   D
Private School Choice Programs   C+
Teacher Quality & Policies   D
Digital Learning:   D-

Historical Data

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ALEC Overall Grade   D D+ D+ D+ D+ D+ C- C- C-
ALEC Overall Rank   -- -- -- -- -- -- 40th 33rd 40th
State Academic Standards   B B+ A- B- B- B- A A B+
Charter Schools   F -- -- -- -- -- -- -- F
Homeschool Regulation Burden   D D D D D D B B D
Private School Choice   -- -- B D B B -- C C+
Teacher Quality & Policies   -- F D- D- D- D- F D- D
Digital Learning   -- -- D F D- D- F D- D-

NAEP Data

Current

Performance Rank   --
Math (4th Grade)   241
Math (8th Grade)   288
Reading (4th Grade)   226
Reading (8th Grade)   273

Historical Data

2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Performance Rank   1st 2nd 3rd 3rd --
Math (4th Grade)   248 247 248 243 241
Math (8th Grade)   293 294 295 290 288
Reading (4th Grade)   229 227 228 230 226
Reading (8th Grade)   272 274 274 274 273

Education Spending

Current

Per-pupil Spending $19,023
% From Federal Funding 6%
% From State Funding 90%
% From Local Funding 4%

Historical Data

2013 2015 2017
Per-pupil Spending $16,377 $15,576 $19,023
% From Federal Spending --% 6.1% 6.1%
% From State Spending --% 89.4% 90.3%
% From Local Spending --% 89.4% 90.3%

Demographics & Achievement

State Population 623,657
Per Capita Income $52,225
Graduation Rate 89.1%
Average Class Size 10.8
2015 2017
State Population 0 623,657
Per Capita Income $-- $52225
School-aged Children 0 0
Graduation Rate 86% 89.1%
Average Class Size 10.5 10.8

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