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Louisiana
Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Education, 626 North 4th Street, 12th Floor,
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
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Superintendent of Education
Superintendent Cecil J. Picard, (504) 342-3602
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Bobby J. Franklin, (504) 342-0091
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Sue Dishongh, (504) 342-0092

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
793,093 793,296 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,599 1,477 Public schools
42,920 47,334 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
48,523 48,523 Land area in square miles
16.3 16.3 Public school students per square mile
3.3 3.0 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
4,344 4,341 State population (in thousands)
$1,829 $3,660 State revenue per capita
$1,924 $3,283 State expenditure per capita
$362 $596 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$89,509 $136,327 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 89 100% 72 Total public education agencies
74.2% 66 91.7% 66 Regular school districts
6.7% 6 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
6.7% 6 6.9% 5 State-operated agencies
12.4% 11 1.4% 1 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
2.2% 2 2.8% 2 100 or more schools
19.1% 17 22.2% 16 25 to 99 schools
42.7% 38 40.3% 29 10 to 24 schools
18.0% 16 26.4% 19 5 to 9 schools
10.1% 9 8.3% 6 1 to 4 schools
7.9% 7 0.0% 0 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 1,599 100% 1,477 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
93.4% 1,494 92.7% 1,369 Regular schools
1.8% 29 2.6% 39 Special education schools
3.9% 63 0.7% 11 Vocational schools
0.8% 13 3.9% 58 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
40.0% 639 41.3% 610 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
4.1% 66 5.1% 75 PK, K, 1 to 8
12.1% 193 14.2% 209 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
4.8% 76 4.2% 62 7 to 8, 9
5.4% 86 4.2% 62 7, 8 to 12
12.9% 206 12.9% 190 9, 10, 11 to 12
12.9% 206 16.4% 242 Other grades
1.0% 16 1.7% 25 Ungraded
6.9% 111 0.1% 2 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
1,305 20,066 Prekindergarten
70,222 61,170 Kindergarten
71,582 64,136 First
66,241 59,025 Second
64,517 58,244 Third
62,411 59,082 Fourth
61,005 59,815 Fifth
58,876 61,493 Sixth
60,828 61,343 Seventh
54,841 57,344 Eighth
61,716 68,328 Ninth
55,124 54,975 Tenth
46,655 47,525 Eleventh
42,745 41,759 Twelfth
15,025 18,991 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
11.1% Students in special education with IEPs
43.1% 49.2% School membership eligible for free lunch
22.1% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
84.6% 39,084 78.8% 36,467 Regular diploma
12.3% 5,663   Other diploma
  21.2% 9,840 High school equivalency
3.1% 1,437   Other completers
    11.6% Dropouts
      56.9% Dropouts who were male
      53.9% Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
209 252.4 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
56.0% 61.5% Students below basic level
44.0% 38.5% Students at or above basic level
7.7% 7.4% Students at or above proficient level
0.4% 0.5% Students at advanced level
132.4 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  59.7% Students below basic level
  40.3% Students at or above basic level
  13.4% Students at or above proficient level
  0.6% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 88,794 100% 94,113 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
48.3% 42,920 50.3% 47,334 Teachers
8.4% 7,477 10.6% 10,002 Instructional aides
        Support staff
0.9% 796 2.9% 2,703 Guidance counselors/directors
1.3% 1,145 1.5% 1,367 Librarians/library support
5.2% 4,650 3.6% 3,421 Administrative support
30.9% 27,415 27.1% 25,543 Other support services
        Administrators
2.6% 2,266 2.6% 2,442 School-based
2.4% 2,125 1.4% 1,301 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
0.9 1.0 Teacher to all other staff ratio
9.8 12.6 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$14,966 $21,087 Average beginning teacher salary
$21,209 $28,347 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.4% 0.7% Public school teachers with no degree
53.6% 60.6% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
31.2% 31.2% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
14.9% 7.4% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$38,180 $146,140 National school lunch
$16,765 $40,111 National school breakfast
$101,364 $203,662 Title I
$7,349 $51,188 Education for the handicapped
$21,406 $26,943 Vocational and adult education
$15,491 $30,114 School improvement
$8,302 $3,301 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$1,785 $3,175 Bilingual education
$410 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$2,541,690 $4,154,494 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$3,205 $5,237 Revenue per pupil in membership
$2,289,241 $3,747,507 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$2,886 $4,724 Current expenditure per pupil in membership
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