Monthly Archives: June 2010

In the News: A Clipping Service – June 28, 2010

In this edition of In the News: Does New Orleans Voucher Performance Measure Up? Legislative Review: Education Bills from Latest Session What’s Working in Education Extreme Poverty on the Rise, Especially in the South Teacher Proposes Conditions for Assessment Warren Buffet Plans to Donate 99% of His Wealth

What’s Working in Education

Here are three articles from June that highlight what’s working in education.

RSD Schools Significantly Outperform Voucher Program

Background Two years ago, Louisiana enacted the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program, a pilot voucher program in New Orleans designed to offer students an alternative to attending a failing public school. The voucher program gives parents of eligible students in New Orleans the choice of attending non-public schools that have agreed to participate in […]

High School Performance Conclusions

If we look at the high school data from 2005 to 2010, we can come to certain conclusions: Significantly fewer students are forced to attend a failing high school. We are giving students better high school options. Our high school students are performing better on the GEE. We are doing a much better job getting […]

The Dropout Struggle

Pre-Katrina, the state measured the annual dropout rate for each district by analyzing the October 1 student counts to determine how many students dropped out from one year to the next. Back in 2005, New Orleans had an annual dropout rate of 11.4%, compared to a state average of 7%. (For every 100 high school […]

More Seniors are Graduating

Historically, New Orleans did a dismal job helping their seniors cross the finish line. In fact, in spring, 2005, the last year all the schools were under the Orleans Parish School Board, only 79% of New Orleans seniors graduated, tying Madison Parish for the worst record in the state. Thus, for every 100 seniors, 21 […]

Student Performance is on the Rise

The GEE The Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) tests 10th and 11th graders in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Since 2005, New Orleans test results have grown more than the state in all subjects. In English, New Orleans grew 12 percentage points; the state grew 3. In Math, New Orleans grew 21 percentage points; the […]

Overall School Quality Has Improved

2005 Pre-Katrina Pre-Katrina, high schools in New Orleans were sharply divided between high performing, selective admissions schools and low performing (many the lowest in the state) open admissions high schools. In 2005, 67% of high schoolers (grades 9-12) attended a failing school. While a failing school has a School Performance Score (SPS) of less than […]

High School Performance

The high school landscape in New Orleans is very different now than it was pre-Katrina, but it is still possible to make valid comparisons between 2005 and 2010 to determine how education reform is affecting our high school students. There are critics who claim that New Orleans high school students are no better off, and […]

In the News: A News Clipping Service – June 14, 2010

In this edition of In the News: Should Everyone Go to College? Charter School Success and Charter School Controversy National Academic Standards Are Ready for States’ Approval Improving Teacher Performance