Louisiana gets top rank in education review

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“Louisiana has established itself as a national leader for creating innovative and important student-centered education policies.” StudentsFirst report

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.