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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Quality of Louisiana schools ranked near the bottom

Quality of Louisiana schools ranked near the bottom

A recent study ranks Louisiana schools the fifth worst in the country, according to a WalletHub study.

The personal finance site compared the school systems among the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “School System Quality” and “Safety.” They then compiled 13 key metrics, including math and reading test scores, dropout rates, standardized test scores and student to teacher ratios based on statewide data.

Louisiana ranked No. 47 overall after coming in at No. 43 on “School System Quality” and No. 44 on “Safety.”
This ranking is up one spot from 2014’s ranking at No. 48.

On average, Louisiana elementary and junior high students ranked second-lowest in the country in terms of math and reading scores. New Mexico had the lowest math test scores; Alaska, the lowest reading test scores. Massachusetts had the highest test scores in both subjects.

It also ranked second-to-last in the “safest schools” category, which looked at the percentage of public school students in grades 9–12 who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

According to the study, the states with the top school systems included Massachusetts, Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

The bottom five were Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, the District of Columbia, and Alaska.