Pre-K-12 Education Improves Five Places In U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Louisiana schools showed marked improvement on the latest state rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This widely referenced report captured education as a component of its 2023 Best States rankings, which evaluates all 50 states. Louisiana moved up five places for Pre-K-12 education, improving to 41st in 2023.

DeSoto Parish schools ranked among the highest in the state.  Parish Superintendent Clay Corley told the Journal this is great news for local educators who have worked so hard for the children of the parish.  Corley said, “It’s particularly validating for us as a district, given our continued growth and rise in the state rankings. To now see the overall state measures trending upward is very encouraging.  As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, this news helps to shine a positive light on public education and the great work of educators all across our state.”

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley said, “These positive gains reflect the unwavering commitment educators and policy makers have to improving the quality of education in Louisiana.  In a state long challenged with educational outcomes, this movement is welcome news; however, we have a long way to go and must keep pushing forward.”

Superintendent Corley added, “DeSoto is ranked 6th in the state and is one of only seven districts with an overall rating of “A.”  DeSoto was also one of only 20 systems in the state to receive an “A” for student growth.  DeSoto’s climb to No. 6 in overall district performance rankings marks its highest since the inception of district and school accountability. 

Here are the top parishes in order:

Zachary Community School District

West Feliciana Parish

Cameron Parish

Ascension Parish

Central Community School District

DeSoto Parish

Vernon Parish

According to U.S. News & World Report, from 2019 to 2023, Louisiana has improved its overall Pre-K-12 ranking five spots, jumping from 46th to 41st. Categorically, Louisiana made the following improvements among the states:

College readiness improved two places from 42nd to 40th

High school graduation improved eight places from 45th to 37th

Math scores improved six places from 50th to 44th

Reading scores improved 10 places from 48th to 38th

Preschool enrollment improved six places from 15th to 9th