Education In Louisiana
Who Attends Our Public Schools? (May 2006)
Number of students in public schools657,586Percent of public school students who are a minority51.4%Percent of public school children who are white48.7%Percent of public school children who are on free or reduced lunch62.2%
How Are Our Public Schools Performing?
Number of LA public schools labeled "Academically Unacceptable"170 / 1,355Percent of LA public schools not performing at the basic level72%LA High School Dropout Rate for the Class of 200337%Number of kids who have dropped out of LA public schools in the last 4 years
(This number does not include those working on GEDs or transfers)70,600Number of LA school districts whose ACT results matched/exceeded the national avg
(The national average was a 21.2. St. Tammany's School District posted a 21.6 average)1
Other Interesting Facts
Percent of school children attending non-public schools in LA
(This is one of the highest rates in the country)17.3%Louisiana's national rank in childhood poverty2ndAverage teacher salary '06-'07
(The national average for teacher salary is $44, 219)$42,100
Louisiana School Performance Scores, LA Dept. of Education
Greene, Jay. "Leaving Boys Behind: Public High School Graudation Rates." Manhattan Institute. No. 48 April 2006.
Council for a Better Louisiana, Louisiana Fact Book for the 2007 Election
ACT Data Files, LA Dept. of Education, August 2006