Most & Least Equitable School Districts in Louisiana
While the U.S. is one of the most educated countries in the world, it doesn’t provide the same quality elementary school or secondary school education to all students. In many states, more affluent school districts receive a greater amount of funding per student than poorer districts.
Discrepancies between the rich and poor have been exacerbated even more this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. As states decide whether their school districts will have in-person learning this fall, studies show that low-income students will suffer the greatest “learning loss” due to partial or total remote learning. One contributing factor is that people in low-income districts are less likely to have the technological resources they need.
States that provide equitable funding to all school districts can help prevent poor students from having lower graduation rates, lower rates of pursuing higher education and smaller future incomes than their wealthy peers. The difference is dramatic: College graduates have $460 - $1,154 higher median weekly earnings than people with a high school diploma and no college experience, depending on the degree.
Louisiana has the 22nd most equitable school districts in the U.S. overall, but some districts within the state are fairer than others. To find out where school funding is distributed most equitably, WalletHub scored 68 districts in Louisiana based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil. Read on for the district ranking and a complete description of our methodology.
Note: For visual purposes, we included only the top 7 school districts by enrollment from each category. Rank 1 on the “Expenditures Ranking” means highest expenditures and Rank 1 on “Income Ranking” means lowest income.
Most & Least Equitable School Districts in Louisiana
|Rank*||School District||Score||Expeditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools per Pupil||Income by School District|
|1||Assumption Parish School District||0.07||$11,689||$44,744|
|2||Beauregard Parish School District||1.14||$9,907||$50,738|
|3||St. Bernard Parish School District||1.15||$11,209||$46,011|
|4||Bienville Parish School District||2.27||$15,954||$30,300|
|5||Pointe Coupee Parish School District||3.15||$11,450||$44,269|
|6||Terrebonne School District||3.41||$10,150||$48,866|
|7||Vernon Parish School District||3.86||$10,398||$47,772|
|8||Vermilion Parish School District||4.15||$9,558||$50,690|
|9||Lafourche Parish School District||4.56||$9,943||$53,089|
|10||Red River Parish School District||7.01||$15,656||$33,446|
|11||Ouachita Parish School District||8.84||$10,254||$46,125|
|12||Caddo Parish School District||9.11||$11,672||$40,866|
|13||Catahoula Parish School District||9.16||$12,221||$38,854|
|14||Tangipahoa Parish School District||9.23||$10,159||$46,297|
|15||St. Martin Parish School District||9.38||$9,679||$47,974|
|16||Bogalusa City School District||9.90||$14,414||$30,582|
|17||Union Parish School District||9.96||$13,353||$43,083|
|18||Rapides Parish School District||10.10||$10,453||$44,852|
|19||East Feliciana Parish School District||10.15||$11,983||$48,129|
|20||Lafayette School Board||10.37||$10,190||$54,726|
|21||Baker School District||11.05||$12,128||$47,996|
|22||Tensas Parish School District||12.25||$15,983||$23,870|
|23||Iberia Parish School District||12.33||$10,069||$45,274|
|24||Calcasieu Parish School District||13.10||$11,973||$49,452|
|25||Bossier Parish School District||13.16||$10,779||$53,806|
|26||St. Helena Parish School District||13.41||$11,423||$39,895|
|27||St. Mary Parish School District||15.42||$11,018||$40,485|
|28||Allen Parish School District||16.02||$10,802||$41,009|
|29||Lincoln Parish School District||16.20||$12,671||$34,154|
|30||Jefferson Parish School District||16.45||$11,519||$52,558|
|31||Caldwell Parish School District||18.56||$12,934||$32,174|
|32||Morehouse Parish School District||18.58||$12,611||$33,333|
|33||Jackson Parish School District||18.89||$11,143||$38,523|
|34||Sabine Parish School District||19.00||$10,870||$39,465|
|35||Grant Parish School District||21.94||$10,150||$40,792|
|36||La Salle Parish School District||23.05||$11,099||$36,868|
|37||Jefferson Davis Parish School District||24.54||$10,152||$39,653|
|38||Washington Parish School District||24.72||$10,233||$39,282|
|39||Livingston Parish School District||25.75||$9,713||$63,159|
|40||Winn Parish School District||26.77||$11,057||$35,398|
|41||Acadia Parish School District||28.32||$9,277||$41,177|
|42||De Soto Parish School District||28.57||$15,273||$44,230|
|43||West Carroll Parish School District||28.63||$10,522||$36,528|
|44||Richland Parish School District||29.42||$11,008||$34,422|
|45||East Baton Rouge School District||30.02||$13,634||$50,802|
|46||Franklin Parish School District||30.14||$10,634||$35,466|
|47||Concordia Parish School District||31.10||$11,526||$31,813|
|48||Avoyelles Parish School District||31.55||$9,744||$38,077|
|49||Monroe City School District||33.09||$11,785||$30,009|
|50||Iberville Parish School District||33.69||$14,905||$47,797|
|51||St. John Parish School District||35.14||$13,141||$54,821|
|52||Madison Parish School District||36.71||$11,956||$27,810|
|53||East Carroll Parish School District||37.81||$13,658||$21,161|
|54||St. Landry Parish School District||39.20||$10,145||$33,288|
|55||Evangeline Parish School District||44.14||$9,857||$32,180|
|56||Webster Parish School District||45.25||$10,226||$30,358|
|57||West Feliciana Parish School District||45.48||$14,194||$55,510|
|58||Plaquemines Parish School District||45.74||$15,087||$52,386|
|59||Claiborne Parish School District||45.90||$10,991||$27,303|
|60||Natchitoches Parish School District||48.47||$10,547||$27,795|
|61||St. James Parish School District||52.65||$16,393||$50,661|
|62||St. Tammany Parish School District||55.68||$12,056||$67,706|
|63||Zachary Community School District||59.20||$10,601||$74,513|
|64||West Baton Rouge Parish School District||62.08||$14,700||$60,908|
|65||Orleans Parish School District||62.60||$20,647||$39,576|
|66||Cameron Parish School District||74.33||$17,803||$55,000|
|67||Ascension Parish School District||74.74||$11,896||$76,589|
|68||St. Charles Parish School District 1||90.34||$16,522||$66,620|
In order to rank the states with the most and least equitable school districts, WalletHub first scored 12,919 school districts throughout the U.S. based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.
For expenditures, for each 1 percent above the state's average we removed 1 point from a base score of 50 points for each district. For household income, for each 1 percent above the state's average we added 1 point to a base score of 50 points for each district. The inverse was true for each 1 percent below the state's average.
The final score for each district was calculated by taking the absolute difference between the score for expenditures and the score for household income. We then ranked the districts based on the total score, with the lowest value, representing the most equitable, being ranked 1.
Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from of the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics.
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