Louisiana Gets an 'A' for Education Policy, 'F' for Achievement

Jan 10, 2013

Louisiana has jumped up in the ranks on a national education scorecard.

Education Week’s "Quality Counts" report, which combines measures of policy and performance, ranks the state 15th overall, up from 23rd last year.   

Louisiana gets an 'A' for accountability and curriculum policy, and an 'F' for student achievement.

Sterling Lloyd, senior researcher at Editorial Projects in Education, which conducted the study for Ed Week, says that’s typical of southern states.  

“We often find that the states that are most aggressive on policy measure also fall behind traditionally in achievement, and their aggressive policy agenda is designed to remedy that situation," Lloyd said.

Louisiana gets a boost for defining kindergarten and school readiness, adopting Common Core academic standards, and pushing high schools to provide college or career prep curriculum.

For k-12 student achievement, Louisiana gets an 'F' for a third year in a row. The state is ranked 48th in that category, ahead of only Mississippi, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.