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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The 2013 edition of Quality Counts has been released and Louisiana's overall ranking jumped to 15th this year from 23rd last year and up from 44th in 2008. The annual publication is a report card on education, providing a national and state-by-state summary and competitive analysis. With the improvement, Louisiana now ranks in the top third of states in the nation.

Louisiana received high praise yet again and showed gains in two of the three indicators recalculated for 2013. Quality Counts updates scores in the six main performance measures on a rotating basis. Three of the six performance indicators in the 2013 Quality Counts report are fresh for this year, including Transitions and Alignment and School Finance Analysis.

Transitions and Alignment. In 2013, Louisiana was well above the national average in this category which evaluates the state's alignment of early childhood education and college and career readiness. Louisiana is one of only 8 states earning an "A" letter grade on educational alignment policies, increasing the state's score 10.8 points to 92.9. The 2013 national average for Transitions and Alignment is 81.1 for a grade of "B".

School Finance Analysis. This measure evaluates not only overall school and student funding, but also equity in the distribution of funds throughout districts. Louisiana earned a score of 75.3, up from 74.7 last year, earning a grade of "C", and ranking 21st. The 2013 national average was 75.8 for a grade of "C".

"This reinforces the strong foundation we have laid for increasing career and college readiness for all kids across Louisiana," said Chas Roemer, president-elect of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. "However, it also highlights the need to redouble our efforts to realize the results our kids deserve and our economy demands."

The scores in remaining categories - Standards, Assessments, and Accountability and The Teaching Profession - are based on the state's score from the 2012 report.

Standards, Assessment, and Accountability. In 2012, Louisiana earned a score of 97.2 and a grade of "A", ranking second in the nation in this category. The 2012 national average was 85.3 for a grade of "B".

The Teaching Profession. For its policies on improving and maintaining teacher quality, Louisiana received a 2012 score of 79.6 and a grade of "B-". The state was ranked 11th in the nation. The 2012 national average for The Teaching Profession was 72.5 for a grade of "C".

Summary of the 2013 Quality Counts Data Analysis:

Louisiana 2013 Overall Score: 79.0

Louisiana 2013 Overall Grade: C+

Louisiana's 2013 Ranking (50 States and DC): 15

2013 National Overall Grade: C+

The entire Quality Counts report can be found on Education Week's website, at

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