Louisiana

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Governor:John Bel Edwards
State Superintendent of Education:John White
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:716,800
Number of school districts:142
Number of public schools:1,417
Number of public school teachers:46,340
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,749
Percent minority students:53.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:63.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.0%
Percent of English-language learners:2.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:26.8%
8th grade math:23.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:25.7%
8th grade reading:24.9%

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Court-ordered school desegregation has been more successful in the South than in any other region of the country, but researchers have noted a new threat: the growing number of communities that are seceding from larger school districts to form their own.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
The state, which earned a D-plus, ranked bottom of the nation in both 4th grade math and 8th grade math, and scored low on socioeconomic factors that can affect the educational environment.
September 4, 2019 – Quality Counts
While many students eagerly count down the last few days of the school year, the start of summer break is a more anxious prospect for students in and on the verge of homelessness.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Louisiana and New Hampshire are among the handful of states that have stepped up to experiment with crafting new student assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Louisiana
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
The momentum behind the widespread teacher activism last spring has continued into the new school year.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
So far, just a handful are aiming to take advantage of new leeway on how to measure student learning, despite long-standing calls for a freer hand on assessments.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., demand that Americans rethink how we teach the Civil War, writes historian Melvin Patrick Ely.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week

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