STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Louisiana's Educational Progress 2008
Downloadable File PDF (862 KB)

Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 51.5%, Black 44.4%, Hispanic 2.1%, Asian/Pacific Islander 1.3%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Louisiana Students

  Louisiana United States
Total Students 654,526 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 61.2% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 1.8% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 13.0% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Louisiana Schools

  Louisiana United States
Number of Schools 1,527 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 1,086 (88.2%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 65 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 7 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Louisiana Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $439,262,628; a 51% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approval Pending

Louisiana Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  95.6% in low poverty schools, 85.3% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  88.3% in low poverty schools, 66.7% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Louisiana's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Louisiana 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 70% 52% 20%
White 79% 67% 31%
Black 58% 36% 9%
Hispanic 70% 58% 26%
Low Income 62% 43% 14%

  Louisiana 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 59% 64% 19%
White 72% 77% 29%
Black 44% 48% 8%
Hispanic 57% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 49% 54% 12%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Louisiana 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 64% 73% 24%
White 78% 86% 37%
Black 48% 60% 11%
Hispanic 66% 77% 31%
Low Income 55% 67% 17%

  Louisiana 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 56% 64% 19%
White 72% 79% 28%
Black 38% 44% 7%
Hispanic 54% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 46% 53% 11%

Source: Louisiana Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

Louisiana Reading Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 208, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 252, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 210, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored 252, while nationally they scored 260.  In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 208, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored approximately 252, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2002 4th graders scored 209, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 258, while nationally they scored 263.

Louisiana Math Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 230, while nationally they scored approximately 240; 8th graders scored approximately 271, while nationally they scored 280.  In 2005 4th graders scored 230, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 269, while nationally they scored 278.  In 2003 4th graders scored 226, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 256, while nationally they scored 276.  In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 220, while nationally they scored 224; 8th graders scored approximately 259, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Louisiana Students for Success

Louisiana's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 64.8% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 69.4% for Louisiana, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Louisiana Nation
1,987
(5.7%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Louisiana Students % of Eligible Louisiana Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 18,044 4,212 (23.3%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 39,938 2,397 (6.0%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Louisiana

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
Print this page Printable view Send this page Share this page
Last Modified: 03/14/2008