Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

ICYMI: Edwards names his 3 BESE appointees

Three New BESE Members Appointed Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has chosen his three appointees to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: Doris Voitier, superintendent of St. Bernard Parish schools; Thomas Roque, superintendent of the Diocese of Alexandria; and Lurie Thomason, assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Grambling State University. While Governor-elect […]

Reflecting on 2015

Looking Back: 2015 2015 was a pivotal year for public education in New Orleans. In retrospect, it will mark a turning point in creating a more united system of public schools and blurring the difference between OPSB and RSD schools in New Orleans. Unifying our system of schools In 2015, OPSB and the state addressed […]

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. […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]