School Choice Score: 72%
Louisiana has a wide breadth of scholarship and voucher programs across the state. However, these programs tend to be limited in scope either only serving students with disabilities or students in low performing schools or students who are low income which denies opportunity for students throughout the state who many not meet those criteria but still want another option instead of traditional public education.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 75%
Louisiana’s charter sector suffers from chronic micromanagement at the state level which prevents effective operators from opening schools and thus limits the opportunities present for kids. Additionally, a large portion of Louisiana’s charter school funding mechanism is currently pending lawsuit which means the law could get much worse in the near future.
Online Learning Score: 82%
Louisiana’s Virtual School dates back to 2000. Policy allows for multiple providers, but in practice access has been limited for students. Louisiana has begun their transition to digital learning and over the 2014-15 school year, schools will administer all of assessments and end-of-course tests online. To support school districts in the transition to technology-rich schools, the Louisiana Department of Education developed a technology footprint for each school district based on data provided by sixty-seven districts and charters from their responses to the Technology Readiness Tool.
Teacher Quality Score: 85%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers B-
Expanding the Pool of Teachers C+
Identifying Effective Teachers A
Retaining Effective Teachers B
Exiting Ineffective Teachers C