K-12 public education performance in the Capital Region analyzed

Baton Rouge, La. (April 16, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released an education report card that analyzes public K-12 performance in the Capital Region for the 2016-2017 school year. The report examines a broad array of information for parish, city and community schools to make clear the outcomes of the public schools in the Baton Rouge Area and overall regional performance. The full report is available online at brac.org/reports.

“BRAC has long recognized the importance of high-quality, accessible public education as a critical component of sustainable economic development,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and CEO. “We produce this report annually to monitor progress and provide a tool for parents, policymakers and business people as they make decisions about public education.”

Key takeaways from BRAC’s 2016-2017 review of the available data are:

  • The average of the region’s District Performance Scores remained relatively steady at 87.4 out of 150 possible points (a B-rating) while still surpassing Louisiana’s score of 86.8
  • Five of the 13 Capital Region districts improved their District Performance Score, while six experienced a decline
  • Four Capital Region districts ranked among the top five districts in the state
  • Zachary remained the best-performing district in the state
  • Due to the 2016 flood, a variety of performance reporting waivers were granted to the districts of Ascension, Baker, Central, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge
  • Overall, regional enrollment has grown 3% over the last ten years, despite consistent enrollment decline in the area’s largest district, East Baton Rouge
  • Average Capital Region district revenue and expenditures per student are $12,275 and $12,936, respectively

The full report is available online at brac.org/reports.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, midsize firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org.

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