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Supt. John White is not the only one to take exception to the New York Times op-ed.
Jonathan Chait wrote a great piece for New York Magazine‘s NYMag.com called How New Orleans Proved Urban Education Reform Can Work.
Peter Cook provides a detailed fact check on the op-ed.
In response to a recent New York Times op-ed that was filled with inaccuracies, State Superintendent John White has written An Open Letter to Supporters of New Orleans Schools and Children.
It’s worth the read!
This fall, Louisiana’s Department of Education will release new baseline scores for schools and for student performance. As we move to the new academic standards, Educate Now! will no longer use 2005 as a comparison point. Instead, our new baseline will be the 2014-15 school year.
It’s time to focus on what’s next for New Orleans public schools, but before we move on, Educate Now! wants to thank the educators, administrators and volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to help our students succeed.
Ten years after Katrina, here’s how New Orleans public schools have changed.
SCHOOL AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings
Fact Checking the New Orleans Reforms
Last week, Tulane University’s Education Research Alliance (ERA) published its findings on New Orleans’ student and school academic performance since Katrina. Their research showed that a typical school student’s scores rose by 8 to 15 percentage points.
“Even the lower end of that range suggests large positive effects,” ERA Director Doug Harris wrote. “We are not aware of any other districts that have made such large improvements in such a short time.”
Their analysis ruled out other factors that might have led to the improved scores.
- The gains were NOT due to changes in student population.
- The gains were NOT due to schools focusing their efforts on the “bubble students,” those right at the cusp of passing.
- The gains were NOT due to pushing students out of school. The number of expulsions, suspensions, and days suspended are either unchanged or lower than in the pre-storm period.
By the Numbers: Who is Leading Our Schools?
There has been a lot of talk – from both friends and foes of New Orleans K-12 Ed Reform – about outsiders coming in to run the schools. So, Educate Now! surveyed every OPSB and RSD school, direct run and charter, to get a profile of who is leading our schools and whether they were here before the levees broke.
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
There are 77 schools for the 2015-16 school year and 85 school leaders, as some schools have more than one leader.
|White||Other||Lived in N.O.
The education reforms post-Katrina have been the work of veteran and new educators, and the work of New Orleanians who were here before the storm as well as others who moved here to be part of rebuilding a great city.
Our educators are more ethnically diverse, but a majority of our school leaders and a majority of our teachers are still African-American.
As we commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Katrina and the beginning of another school year, I hope we can join together to celebrate the remarkable progress that has been made in our schools and thank all of our teachers and administrators, both those from New Orleans and those who moved here more recently, as they work tirelessly to provide educational opportunities for our students.
New Orleans’ Expulsion Rate is Below the State Average
In 2014-15, the Student Hearing Office worked with schools, students, and advocates to refine expulsion policies for New Orleans. Discipline conferences are now used as an intervention prior to expulsion and are keeping more students in school. Additionally, student offenses are tiered based on severity of behavior to better differentiate consequences.
- The number of expulsions fell from 231 to 199, even as student enrollment across the city increased.
- The expulsion rate dropped from 0.52% to 0.43%.
- New Orleans’ expulsion rate is now below the 2014 state average.
*State data is from 2013-14 year. The state has not completed its full 2014-15 data entry and verification.
Expulsion Rates by District
|30,487||145||0.48%||30,220||198||0.66%||– 53||– 27%|
|13,335||47||0.35%||12,514||29||0.23%||+ 18||+ 52%|
|10,008||17||0.17%||9,466||4||0.04%||+ 13||+ 302%|
OPSB Direct Run
|3,327||30||0.90%||3,048||25||0.82%||+ 5||+ 10%|
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings
Here are 5 Things to Know about House-Senate efforts to replace No Child Left Behind.
Indianapolis is looking at increasing school autonomy as a way to improve its public schools.
Chris Barbic, who is stepping down as superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District, shares some of the lessons he’s learned over the past four years. Barbic says increasing school autonomy works, but it requires committed and talented leaders and teachers.
Closer to Home
New Orleans high schoolers are connecting with emerging biotech and digital companies through the YOUTH FORCE Summer Workplace Institute.
Videos from the recent TEDxNewOrleans Conference are now available online.
This TEDx conference showcased a wide range of perspectives on Katrina and the changes we’ve seen in the New Orleans region since the storm. It was a powerful day, and Educate Now! encourages you check out the videos below.
Speakers Mentioning Education
Aron Chang – Make Your Mark
Michael Hecht – Radical Resilience
Lavonzell Nicholson – Green Space Completes a Canvas
Brandan Odums – Art to Inspire
Peter Ricchiuti – The New Orleans Economy; What’s Up Down Here
Kimberly Rivers-Roberts – Triumph Over Tragedy – What Do You Win?
Virginia Saussy – If We Don’t Laugh, We Cry
Jessica Shahien – The Talent Phenomenon
John Spain – New Orleans and Baton Rouge – a Super Region
Doug Thornton – How Unity of Purpose Brought the Superdome Back to Life
Rod West – Powering Life – Literally!
ACT Scores Continue to Rise
New Orleans improved more than the state.
- New Orleans’ composite ACT score improved from 18.4 to 18.8, a gain of 0.4 points, while the state improved from 19.2 to 19.4, a gain of 0.2 points.
More New Orleans students have TOPS-qualifying ACT scores.
- 63% of the senior class scored a 17 or higher on the ACT (the qualifying score for 2-year TOPS Tech).
- 38% of seniors scored a 20 or higher (the qualifying score for 4-year TOPS Opportunity).
|2004-05||17||61 out of 68 parishes|
|2013-14||18.4||40 out of 69 parishes|
|2014-15||18.8||35 out of 69 parishes|
New Orleans is closing the gap with the state’s ACT average.
Both OPSB and RSD improved.
- OPSB gained 0.4 points, moving from 20.5 to 20.9.
- RSD gained 0.2 points, moving from 16.4 to 16.6.