Louisiana's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,519
Public school teachers 50,495
Pre-K-12 students 727,709
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $5.1 billion
Minority students 51.5%
Children in poverty 30%
Students with disabilities 13.9%
English-language learners 1.7%

Summary of Grades

Louisiana’s overall performance across the four graded categories of Quality Counts is well above average, and the state scores at the top of the nation in two of the four policy areas.

Louisiana is the highest-scoring state in standards and accountability. The state receives full credit for the assessment and school accountability indicators. Louisiana falls short of a perfect score in this section only because the American Federation of Teachers has not rated its social studies standards at the elementary school level as clear and specific.

Louisiana is also the top-ranked state for teacher quality, receiving full credit for three of the four subcategories in this section. The state links initial and second-stage teacher licensure to an extensive assessment system for aspiring and veteran educators. Louisiana also has strong policies in place for professional support and training for teachers, as well as a number of measures for holding teacher education institutions accountable for teacher quality.

School climate is the only category in which the state receives a lower-than-average grade. In particular, the state has room for improvement on measures of school safety and parent involvement.

Louisiana receives another above-average grade in resource equity. Its score on the coefficient-of-variation measure, for example, indicates a relatively low level of disparity in per-pupil funding across districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
Louisiana Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability A B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality A C+
School climate C C+
Resource equity B C
Overall Grade B+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 38 40
Assessment 30 30
School accountability 30 30
98 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 29.66 35
Teacher assessment 30 30
Professional support and training 19.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 14.55 15
94 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10 15
School safety 15 20
Parent involvement 9 15
Choice and autonomy 15 20
Class size 10 10
School size 8 10
School facilities 8 10
75 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 30.67 33.3
McLoone Index 25 33.3
Coefficient of variation 27.33 33.3
83 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Vol. 25, Issue 17

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Correction: 
In the 2006 print edition of Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report, published Jan 5, Louisiana did not receive credit in the School Climate section for including information about parent involvement or school safety on its school report cards. Because Louisiana’s 2003-04 school report cards do report such information, the state should receive credit for both indicators. This change raises the state’s grade from a C-minus to a C in this section. It has been corrected in the online edition.

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