Study: Louisiana school systems among the worst in the nation

Study: Louisiana school systems among the worst in the nation

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana once again ranks among the states with the worst school systems.

The ranking, from personal finance site Wallethub, outlines the best and worst states for K-12 education. It compares the quality of education in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia by analyzing 13 key metrics.

Louisiana ranks No. 47. This year's ranking is up one spot from 2014's ranking at No. 48.

The study finds that children in Massachusetts are receiving a much better education than children in Alaska. Massachusetts, Colorado and New Jersey top the list. Nevada, the District of Columbia and Alaska sit at the bottom.

Two metrics used in the study include school-system quality and safety.

School-system quality takes into account dropout rates; math test scores; reading test scores; percentage of graduates who completed an Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in high school; pupil-teacher ratio; average SAT score; percentage of graduates who completed the ACT; presence of state's public schools within the "Top 700 Best U.S. Schools"; remote-learning opportunities from online public schools; and "bookworm" ranks.

Safety takes into account school safety; bullying-incidents rate; and youth incarceration rate per 100,000.

To view the full study, click here.

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