NOTE: The grades on school climate are not comparable from one year to the next because the data sources have changed.|
? indicates the state did not participate in national assessment, survey, or data collection.
An overhaul of the school finance system last year funneled $65 million in new money to schools. And legislators toughened school accountability. But the grade for teaching quality dropped because the state has not adopted standards for new teachers. It ranks near the bottom for the percent allocated to instruction. Urban districts outperform nonurban ones, with state policy both a help and a hindrance.
AN URBAN SNAPSHOT
- 25% of state's population
- 22% of state's children
- 15% of state's poor children
- 3% of state's children living in extremely impoverished neighborhoods
- 27% of state's public school students
- n/a of state's free-lunch students
- 25% of state's minority students
- 29% of state's spring 1994 graduates
- 29% of FY 1994 state and local education revenue