Louisiana ranked 49th among the 50 states in terms of student performance and progress on National Assessment of Educational Progress exams, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 17th annual Report Card on American Education.

The report grades the states and the District of Columbia based on test scores, state education policy, charter school regulation and other benchmarks. The report also discusses what resources are being wasted, what students are being left behind, and what administrators, parents and teachers can do to make a difference.

Massachusetts ranked No. 1 in the report. West Virginia placed last, one spot above Louisiana.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of more than 2,000 state legislators.

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