Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

NY Magazine counters NY Times

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. And Peter Cook provides a detailed fact check on the op-ed.

An open letter from State Supt. John White

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!  

By the Numbers: Student and School Performance

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 […]

ICYMI: Let’s Fact Check

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 […]

By the Numbers: Who Is Leading Our Schools?

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 […]

N.O.’s Expulsion Rate Below State Average

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 […]

ICYMI: 5 Things to Know About NCLB

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings National Stories 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 […]

TEDxNew Orleans Conference: Watch It!

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 Jay Altman¬†–¬†The Charter […]

2015 ACT Scores: New Orleans Improves More than State

ACT Scores Continue to Rise Highlights 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 […]

ICYMI: 10th Anniversary Coverage Begins

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Seattle’s Center for Reinventing Public Education invited education leaders from New Orleans to share their ideas about what’s next for New Orleans public schools. New Orleans: A City that Works – Together with FirstLine CEO Jay Altman Building a Strong Teacher Pipeline for Tomorrow’s […]