Louisiana

Academic Achievement

The data used for academic achievement are reading and mathematics results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a series of tests given to a representative sample of students in fourth and eighth grade.  Students who achieve the proficiency level or higher are included.

Postsecondary Readiness

High School Graduation Rates: High school graduation rates are from Education Week’s annual Diplomas Count publication. The class of 2013 cohort is the most recent data available.

ACT Scores: The ACT creates a “college-ready” benchmark—scores that their research predicts give students a 75% chance or better of earning a “C” or higher and a 50% chance of earning a “B” or higher in the corresponding entry-level college course in the ACT’s tested subjects (English, mathematics, reading, and science). The data presented is the percentage of African-American students who scored “college ready” on all four tested subjects for the graduating class of 2015.

AP Exam Taking Rates: The percentage of African-American public high school students from the graduating class of 2014 who took an Advanced Placement exam during high school.

AP Exam Passage Rates: The percentage of African-American public high school students from the graduating class of 2014 who passed an Advanced Placement exam during high school. Passing an AP exam is scoring a 3 or higher on AP’s 1–5 scale.

Remedial Coursework Enrollment: Enrollment in math, English, or math and English remedial courses.

Remedial Coursework Success: Coursework success signified a student completed all required remedial coursework for the subjects in which the student required remediation.

Gateway College Courses Success: Completed a gateway course in all subjects for which they were enrolled in remedial courses.

International Competitiveness

AP STEM Passage Rates: The percentage of African-American public high school students from the graduating class of 2014 who passed one of the 10 AP Science Technology Engineering and Math exams (STEM). The 10 exams are Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Environmental Science, Physics 1 and 2, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, and Statistics). Passing an AP exam is scoring a 3 or higher on AP’s 1–5 scale.

AP World Language Passage Rates: The percentage of African-American public high school students from the graduating class of 2014 who passed one of the 8 Advanced Placement (AP) World Language exams. The 8 exams are Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish Language, and Spanish Literature. Passing an AP exam is scoring a 3 or higher on AP’s 1–5 scale.