Measuring Up



Louisiana

TOTAL SCORE:
78 out of 132

Rank: out of 18

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Louisiana?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

129

9%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

69,078

10%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

4

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

18%

50%

-32%

Black

74%

42%

32%

Hispanic

4%

5%

-1%

Asian

2%

1%

1%

Other

2%

2%

0%

Total minority

82%

50%

32%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

6

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

74%

66%

8%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

74%

66%

8%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

6

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

84%

23%

61%

Suburb

6%

25%

-19%

Town

4%

18%

-14%

Rural

6%

34%

-28%

Total nonsuburban

94%

75%

19%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

1

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

2

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

9

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

14

Average Annual Open Rate

11.9%

2011–12

13

2012–13

14

2013–14

18

2014–15

18

Total number

77

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

9

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

1

Average Annual Closure Rate

4.4%

2010–11

4

2011–12

9

2012–13

6

2013–14

6

Total number

26

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

4

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

12%

Total

39%

STEM

8%

Arts

5%

Classical

0%

Purposely diverse

0%

Single sex

2%

International/Foreign language

7%

Montessori/Waldorf

4%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

4%

Military

1%

Vocational training

3%

Public policy/Citizenship

0%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

12

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

50

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

12

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

65

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

3

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

A

9

10

1

B

22

18

-4

Total

31

28

-3

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

0

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

D

22

28

6

F

9

11

2

Total

31

39

8

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

41%

59%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

10

35

4

27%

State education agency

1

97

97

73%

Independent charter board

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

2,481

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

4%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

2

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

2%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Louisiana’s charter public school movement ranked #5 out of 18, scoring 78 points out of 132.

Louisiana scored relatively well on the following indicators:

  • In 2014-15, 10 percent of the state’s public school students were charter students.
  • In 2013-14, charter public schools in Louisiana served a higher percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students (8 percentage points more) when compared with traditional public schools.
  • In 2013-14, 94 percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas as compared with 75 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, 77 public charters opened in Louisiana, an 11.9 percent average annual open rate.
  • Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, 26 charter public schools closed in Louisiana, a 4.4 percent average annual closure rate.
  • In 2012-13, 39 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, charter public school students exhibited higher academic growth (50 more days in reading and 65 more days in math), on average, when compared with traditional public school students.

Louisiana scored relatively low on the following indicators:

  • During 2014-15, only two communities had more than 10 percent of their public school students in charters.
  • Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, the percentage of charter public schools performing in the top two categories of the state’s accountability system decreased by 3 percentage points (from 31 percent to 28 percent).
  • Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, the percentage of charter public schools performing in the bottom two categories of the state’s accountability system increased by 8 percentage points (from 31 percent to 39 percent).

In addition to the above points, we also offer the following observations about the movement in Louisiana:

  • In 2014-15, 9 percent of the state’s public schools were charters.
  • In 2013-14, charter public schools in Louisiana served a significantly higher percentage of racial and ethnic minority students (32 percentage points more) when compared with traditional public schools.
  • During 2012-13, 41 percent of the state’s public charters were start-ups and 59 percent were conversions.
  • As of 2014-15, 10 local school boards had authorized 35 charter public schools (27 percent of the state’s total number of public charters), and the state board of education had authorized 97 charter public schools (73 percent).
  • During 2013-14, two full-time virtual charter public schools operated in Louisiana, serving 2,481 students (4 percent of the state’s public charter population).

concluding thoughts

  • Louisiana has one of the strongest laws in the country. It has laid a strong foundation for the creation of a healthy charter public school movement. However, the law most needs to provide more equitable funding and facilities support to charter students.
  • In Louisiana, a relatively high percentage of the state’s public school students are charter students, showing a high demand for these innovative public school options.
  • In Louisiana, charter public schools serve a higher percentage of racial and ethnic minority students and free and reduced-price lunch students than traditional public schools, showing that charters are serving those students who most need a better public school option.
  • Louisiana also has a relatively high percentage of special-focus schools, showing that charters are providing a diverse array of options for students and educators.
  • Louisiana’s charter school movement has achieved relatively strong results, as especially demonstrated in CREDO’s National Charter School Study 2013.
  • It is important to note that Louisiana toughened its standards and tests in 2013-14, which caused the decrease in the percentage of charters performing in the top two categories of the state’s accountability system as well as the increase in the percentage of charters performing in the bottom two categories.