Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

ICYMI: Election Results and Education Reform

Election Results and Education Reform John Bel Edwards will be Louisiana’s next governor. Despite his assurances, many education advocates are worried charter schools will be in jeopardy.  Two BESE elections were also decided Saturday. Kathy Edmonston won District 6 (Baton Rouge area), replacing Chas Roemer, and Tony Davis won District 4 (Shreveport area). While John Bel […]

ICYMI: What Could Elections Mean for N.O. Education Reform?

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings The Elections and New Orleans Education Reform John Bel Edwards and David Vitter are “night and day” on major education issues. These differences are very apparent in how they answered the questionnaire from the Louisiana School Board Association about charter schools and the RSD. […]

High School Performance – A WOW Moment!

New Orleans high schools are (finally) showing great improvement. The state released Letter Grades and School Performance Scores (SPS) for most high schools1, and there is cause for celebration! Highlights More than half of New Orleans high schools earned a letter grade of A or B. Five years ago, only two high schools had an […]

ICYMI: BESE Election Results

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Election Results Backers of strong accountability and standards won a majority of seats in Saturday’s BESE elections. The New Orleans area solidly supported incumbents Kira Orange Jones in the 1st District and James Garvey in the 2nd. Saturday’s losers included incumbents Lottie Beebe and […]

PARCC Results: A New Baseline

The state has released the 2014-15 PARCC test results for English and math, grades 3-8. How did New Orleans do? 60% of students scored Proficient (Basic or above); the state was 65%. 28% of students scored Mastery or above; the state was 33%. Compared to other districts? New Orleans is ranked 45th out of 69 […]

Grant Opportunity for Open Enrollment Orleans Parish Public High Schools

YouthForce NOLA Career Readiness Initiative Proposals due November 4, 2015 The YouthForce NOLA Steering Committee seeks proposals from schools interested in exploring, piloting and planning, or implementing high-quality career and technical education school models. Grants will help build the capacity of schools to offer the necessary coursework and experiences so students may develop the knowledge […]

ICYMI: Top Stories

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Top Stories OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis surprised many with the honesty of his remarks during a presentation on his first six months on the job. Dr. Lewis said we have to “be real” and see New Orleans schools for where they really are. He […]

ICYMI: Catching Up

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Katrina Anniversary Coverage There was a lot of national media coverage of New Orleans K-12 education reform during the Katrina 10 anniversary week. Educate Now! has posted a list of national stories about New Orleans K-12 education from the week (or so) before the […]

Kudos to OPSB

OPSB took a huge step forward last week by passing a strong charter school policy (Policy HA). Policy HA was needed because OPSB did not have clear and consistent rules governing charter school operations. As a result, some OPSB charters participate in the city’s common enrollment system; others do not. Some provide transportation; others do […]

2015 EOC Results – New Orleans ties the state!

  New Orleans high school performance on End-of-Course tests (EOCs) continues to improve. New Orleans citywide, including Type 2 charters, is now performing at the state average. New Orleans is the 5th most improved district in the state. OPSB and RSD-NO combined is in the top 50% statewide and is ranked of #31 out of […]