K-8 School Performance Scores Released

The state has released the 2015 School Performance Scores (SPS) and School Letter Grades for elementary schools, middle schools, and combination schools (high schools with a K-8 grade). These scores are based on the more rigorous standards and PARCC test for grades 3-8 in English and math and represent a new baseline score for schools.

So … How did we do?

  • Even with harder tests and tougher academic standards, New Orleans kept pace with the state and is performing well when compared to other high poverty districts in the state.
  • More students are attending A, B, or C graded schools and fewer attend D or F schools.
  • Many elementary and middle schools across the state struggled with the new standards, and schools in New Orleans were no exception. More than half of the city’s elementary and middle schools saw a decrease in their SPS, and more than 20% went down at least one letter grade.

New Orleans Kept Pace with the State

The District Performance Score is the most comprehensive measurement of school and student performance. It includes all students (including students that attended schools now closed), all tests, and all grades. The DPS for New Orleans includes all RSD and OPSB schools, both charter and direct-run. It does not include Type 2 charters.

  • The District Performance Score for New Orleans remained the same as last year – 83.4, a high C just 1.6 points from a B. Louisiana’s statewide score decreased from 89.2 to 88.8, remaining a B.

View 2015 District Performance Scores (xlsx).

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Educate Now! names Cate Swinburn Vice President of Programs

Educate Now! has named Cate Swinburn Vice President of Programs. In this role Ms. Swinburn will initially focus on initiatives in college and career readiness and personalized learning. Cate Swinburn

“Cate brings an incredible depth and breadth of experience to Educate Now!,” said Leslie Jacobs, Founder and President of Educate Now! “She has successfully managed K-12 classrooms, programmatic initiatives in both the charter and traditional public school sectors, and fundraising and oversight of multi-million dollar public-private partnerships. We are very fortunate to have her expertise and leadership.” 

Ms. Swinburn began her career in education fifteen-plus years ago as a first grade teacher. She later earned a graduate degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and served in the NYC Department of Education while Joel Klein was Chancellor.  

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ICYMI: In the News

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings

What’s Next for Education in Louisiana?

John Bel Edwards is skeptical of Common Core, charter schools, and vouchers and has the support of many who want to see changes in Louisiana’s education policy. But U.S. News and World Report says the election of Edwards doesn’t doom school choice in Louisiana because charters and vouchers have engendered deep buy-in from parents and created unique coalitions.

A recent national report applauds Louisiana for its teacher evaluation system because it uses teacher ratings to recognize and encourage effective instruction as well as prepare and value highly effective teachers. Locally, the evaluation system has been criticized for negatively affecting teacher performance and morale. Editor’s note: Expect John Bel Edwards to include changes in teacher evaluation and VAM as part of his legislative agenda.

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