The recently released School Performance Scores give us the first clear picture of how schools in New Orleans are performing since Katrina.
Student test scores are used for three different measurements: student performance, school performance, and district performance. In May, the state releases the test scores and gives information on individual student performance: how many passed the LEAP test, did scores go up, etc. This month, the state issued both School and District Performance Scores.
School Performance Scores (SPS) analyze the test data at the school level allowing us to compare one school’s performance to another. A District Performance Score takes the student test data for all students in the district to evaluate district performance.
For a listing of schools and scores go to: School Scores
So How Do We Compare Post-Katrina?
Schools are better
Fewer are failing. The percentage of schools that are one star or higher (non-failing) has increased from 34% to 55%. Continue reading