Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

Personalized Learning is Gaining Traction in New Orleans

Sharing a commitment to ensuring all New Orleans students have a competitive edge in an innovation-based economy, New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) and Educate Now! recently announced grants totaling $1.5 million to implement new, school-wide personalized learning programs in New Orleans public schools. Funding for these grants comes from both national and local sources, showing […]

ICYMI: The Atlantic looks at the Lost Children of Katrina

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings The Atlantic looks at the Lost Children of Katrina – the New Orleans children who spent years after Katrina in a nomadic exile that severely disrupted their education. In response to the latest CREDO study, Fortune Magazine says urban charter schools are succeeding – […]

By the Numbers: The Graduating Class of 2014

The state just released new data on cohort graduation rates and college enrollment rates. Continuing our By the Numbers series, Educate Now! takes a look at the class of 2014. THE GOOD NEWS 100% more students enrolled in college In 2005, only 675 Orleans Parish Public School graduates enrolled in a two or four year college the […]

ICYMI: A Week of Research

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings New Orleans Charters Outperform Charter schools in urban areas are outperforming traditionally operated public schools, according to CREDO’s latest report. CREDO has been studying charter school performance for a number of years. This latest study included 41 cities and found students in urban charters […]

News Alert: OPSB seeking interim to fill Ira Thomas’ seat

The Orleans Parish School Board is seeking an interim replacement for board member Ira Thomas. Thomas resigned Friday, March 6 upon being charged with taking a bribe. The school board has 10 business days to find a replacement to fill Thomas’ seat until a Special Election is called. They are hoping to appoint a qualified person […]

ICYMI: Common Core Heating Up

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Common Core Heats Up: Students take the tests in March, and we will see how many parents opt out. BESE meets tomorrow to discuss a common core compromise, including reviewing the standards, freezing school letter grades, and delaying use of test results in teacher […]

ICYMI: Expulsions drop 39% in RSD

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) … Your mini news clippings Fewer students are being expelled from New Orleans public schools. RSD schools saw a 39% decrease in the first half of 2014-15 compared to the same time last year, and the citywide average is down 21%. Educate Now! agrees with the Times-Picayune that this news […]

By the Numbers: High School Performance 2005 vs. 2014

p The state just released the 2014 ACT scores for public schools. Continuing our By the Numbers series, Educate Now! takes a look at high school performance. ACT Performance New Orleans has seen strong gains since 2005. The growth in ACT scores comes even as the percentage of seniors taking the test has increased significantly. […]

In case you missed it …

ICYMI … Your mini news clippings Common Core update: Some parents in Lafayette are threatening to boycott the PARCC tests scheduled for March 16-20. Governor Jindal wants BESE to offer these parents an alternative, but that appears highly unlikely. Henderson Lewis’ selection as superintendent marks a new chapter for the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). […]

New Orleans by the Numbers: Public School Enrollment

Educate Now! looks at the public school student enrollment over the past ten years – from October 1, 2004 (the last data before Katrina) to this school year. The Highlights Schools are serving a more ethnically diverse student population. Enrollment Citywide A higher percentage of students are economically disadvantaged*.