In this edition of In the News:
- RSD Adopts Expulsion Policy
- Voucher Accountability Approved
- Voucher Lawsuit Status
- Community Colleges – Working to Improve Results
- A Look at Virtual Schools
- Other National Education Stories
- More Local News
RSD Adopts Expulsion Policy
Recovery School District to List Behaviors that Could Get Students Expelled
Times-Picayune – July 16, 2012
To improve consistency and transparency among its schools, including its charter schools, the RSD has developed a new expulsion policy with a list of expellable offences and a uniform procedure for handling complaints and hearings. The RSD has also developed an issue reporting process for parents. Continue reading
Earlier this month, the state released the results of the End of Course tests (EOCs).
Background Info on End of Course Tests
Louisiana has phased out the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and replaced it with EOCs.
- The graduating class of 2014 must pass at least three EOCs to graduate: English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History. *
- EOCs count for at least 15% of a student’s grade in the course.
- School Performance Scores will now be calculated using EOC results instead of the GEE.
Results by School
Some schools outperformed the state average in the percent of students considered proficient (scoring Excellent or Good). Ben Franklin and Lusher – both selective admission schools – outperformed the state in all 4 subjects – Algebra I, English II, Geometry and Biology. Warren Easton and Sci Academy out performed in 3 of the 4 subjects. Continue reading
In this edition of In the News
- New Orleans in the National Spotlight
- End of Course Test Results Are In
- Voucher Updates
- National Education News
- Technology Lacking in LA Schools
- Local Stories
New Orleans in the National Spotlight
U.S. Top Education Official: N.O. Doing ‘Fantastic’ with Improvements
WWL TV – July 12, 2012
According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New Orleans is doing “a fantastic job” at improving schools and student performance, but we have to remain vigilant about closing failing schools. Continue reading
At 2:00 pm today, the presidents of New Orleans’ universities
and colleges issued the following call to service.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The leaders of Tulane University, Loyola University, Xavier University, Dillard University and Our Lady of Holy Cross College issued a “call to service” urging the city’s most qualified and visionary leaders to vie for seats in the Nov. 6 Orleans Parish School Board election. All seven school board seats will be on the ballot. Continue reading
Performance is uneven in traditional public schools. Performance is uneven in charter schools. It should come as no surprise that performance is uneven in nonpublic schools.
Let’s look at two schools participating in the Orleans voucher pilot: St. Leo the Great and Upperroom Bible Church Academy.
- Last year, St. Leo had 136 voucher students; Upperroom Bible had 74.
- Both began participation 4 years ago, beginning with students in grades K-3.
- Both had more than 60% of their total student population receiving vouchers.
- Students enrolling in either school from grades 1 and up came from a failing school.
- Students at both schools took the same state tests – iLeap and LEAP.
But the similarities stop here. Continue reading