Louisiana gets top rank in education review Louisiana gets top rank in education review John White Capitol news bureau Jan. 15, 2014 Comments Louisiana is rated tops in the nation for innovative education policies, according to a report issued on Tuesday. The review was issued by a group called StudentsFirst, which praised the state in its 2013 report too. The organization is headed by Michelle Rhee, a critic of the education establishment. “Louisiana has established itself as a national leader for creating innovative and important student-centered education policies,” according to the study. It said the state has adopted meaningful educator evaluations, provides parents with easy-to-understand school grades and allows students to pick from a robust network of public charter schools or vouchers, which is state aid for some students to attend private schools. The group gave the state an overall grade of B minus. Louisiana got an A minus in its efforts to elevate the teaching profession, C plus in its bid to empower parents and a C minus in spending policies. The national grade was D plus. The study did not rate student achievement.