A group affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce rates Louisiana as one of the laggards nationally in public education achievement.

The ratings were issued for each state by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation with assistance from the American Enterprise Institute.

The AEI calls itself an advocate of expanded liberties, more individual opportunity and a strengthened free enterprise system.

In the report, the group gave Louisiana Fs for academic achievement, academic achievement for low-income and minority students, how students fare compared to dollars spent, readiness for college and careers, and international competitiveness.

“Student performance in Louisiana is very weak; the state ranks among the lowest in the nation,” according to the review.

“Fourth graders stand a full 16 percentage points behind the national average of 42 percent for students at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress math exam,” according to the study.

NAEP represents exams that students take as part of the nation’s report card.

“Though Louisiana has made significant progress in recent years, this report shows that we still have a long way to go before every citizen has the quality education required to fully participate in our state’s booming economy,” Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, said in a prepared statement that accompanied the report.

Numerous other states from South Carolina to California also got Ds and Fs in student achievement.

In other areas, the group gave the state a D-plus in the validity of state exams on math and English compared to national assessments on the same topics.

Louisiana got a B in teacher preparation, an A for school choice, a B for its education data, a B-minus for school technology and a C for the financial health of its pension systems.