The Need: Facing a Crisis

Louisiana Student Achievement

74% of 4th Graders and 78% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in MATH75% of 4th Graders and 78% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in SCIENCE

77% of 4th Graders and 78% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in READING86% of 4th Graders and 83% of 8th Graders are NOT proficient in WRITING

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Only 67.3% of Louisiana's children graduate from high school

Only 67.3% of Louisiana's children graduate from high school, ranking them 46th in the country in graduation rates.

Figure for 2008-09 school year. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2012

Funding

The State of Louisiana spends $10,638 to educate each child in the public school system

The State of Louisiana spends $10,638 to educate each child in the public school system.

Figure for 09-10 school year.
Source: US Census Bureau, 2012

School Choice Options

1,195 students
Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Provides private school vouchers to assist low-income children in failing schools in New Orleans.  1,195 students were served in 2009-10

Grade: C
The Center for Education Reform ranks Louisiana's charter school law 15th strongest of the nation's 40 charter laws, with an overall grade of C. The law was passed in 1995.

Rated Moderate
The Home School Legal Defense Association gives Louisiana a "Moderate" rating in terms of home school restrictions.

Public Opinion

Voter Support: Tax Credit Scholarships: Democrats 49%, Republicans 51%, Charter Schools: Democrats 55% Republicans 54%, School Vouchers Democrats 52% Republicans 52%

23%
Less than one out of four likely voters rate the state's public school system as "good" or "excellent"

86%
Eighty-six percent of voters prefer choosing a school for their child among options that include private, charter, or virtual schools, or homeschooling

The Cost of Failure

In Louisiana an estimated 24,400 students dropped out of the class of 2010 at great cost to themselves and their communities. Cutting that dropout rate in half could have tremendous economic benefits for the state. Here are the contributions those 12,200 “new Graduates” could have on Louisiana’s economy.

$136 Million in Increased Earnings, $135 Million in Increased Spending & Investments, $250 Million in Increased Home Sales, $12 Million in Auto Sales, 900 New Jobs, $164 Million in Economic Growth, $7.3 Million in Increased Tax Revenue, Increased Human Capital