Louisiana Pre-K-12 Improves Five Places In U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Louisiana schools showed marked improvement on the latest state rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This widely referenced report captured education as a component of its 2023 Best States rankings, which evaluates all 50 states. Louisiana moved up five places for Pre-K-12 education, improving to 41st in 2023.

Red River Parish schools contributed to the progress with significant improvement over the same time period.  The highlights from the school administration include:

Red River High increased the number of students completing Jumpstart, dual enrollment, AP or CLEP from 13% to 29%.  The graduation rate improved to from 85% to 97%.

Red River Elementary increased reading scores 10 places from 48th to 38th.  There were also gains in Leap scores.

For all schools, the overall School Performance Score returned to the pre-pandemic level.  Two schools were awarded the Comeback Campus designation in 2022-23.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley said, “These positive gains reflect the unwavering commitment educators and policy makers have to improving the quality of education in Louisiana.  In a state long challenged with educational outcomes, this movement is welcome news; however, we have a long way to go and must keep pushing forward.”

This improvement is similar to the positive data released earlier this school year on NAEP, also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” where Louisiana 4th graders ranked #1 in the country in reading growth.

According to U.S. News & World Report, from 2019 to 2023, Louisiana has improved its overall Pre-K-12 ranking five spots, jumping from 46th to 41st. Categorically, Louisiana made the following improvements among the states:

College readiness improved two places from 42nd to 40th

High school graduation improved eight places from 45th to 37th

Math scores improved six places from 50th to 44th

Reading scores improved 10 places from 48th to 38th

Preschool enrollment improved six places from 15th to 9th

The full “Talking Points” on Red River school improvements is below.