Author Archives: Leslie Jacobs

High School Performance

The state has released data on high school performance. The Really Good News New Orleans showed robust growth on the End of Course Tests (EOCs). New Orleans1 (OPSB & RSD) is 8th in improvement in the state, with 59% of students proficient (scoring Excellent or Good) compared to 52% in 2013. This is a jump of […]

In the News – Superintendent Search Stalled (again)

New Orleans Superintendent Search – Stalled In Orleans Parish schools, two years of drift, missed opportunities Stan Smith has been OPSB’s Interim Superintendent for two years, much longer than anyone expected, and longer than what is probably healthy for the district. The Times-Picayune spoke with academics, consultants and school officials, who all say the district is drifting […]

Cowen’s 2014 Poll: What Do Voters Think?

With the RSD becoming the first all charter district, there have been lots of assertions in the media about how New Orleanians view public education reforms. Tulane’s Cowen Institute recently released its 2014 opinion poll, and comparing these results with prior polls provides some insight based on survey results versus speculation. School Choice Voters generally think […]

Common Core: What happened last week?

Latest on Common Core – Round 2  Last week, Governor Bobby Jindal played to his national ambitions and announced his plans to take Louisiana out of Common Core and PARCC. The Louisiana Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) responded saying they plan to stay the course on Common Core and […]

Can the Governor Derail Common Core?

Common Core: Governor v. the People The Louisiana Legislature, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the State Superintendent of Education have stood strong in support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. On June 6, after Gov. Jindal failed […]

California Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

A California judge has ruled that teacher tenure laws deprive students of their right to an education under the state Constitution. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. In […]

In the News – First All Charter District

First All-Charter District In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good The Recovery School District is closing its last five traditionally run schools at the end of this year, which will make it the first all-charter district in the country. The story has received national coverage from The Washington Post, NPR, […]

Grades 3-8 Test Scores Are In

New Orleans Flat; State Flat The Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) has released the 2014 test scores for grades 3-8. The percent of students performing Basic or above remained unchanged from 2013. This is the first year since Katrina that New Orleans did not improve. The state average remained the same at 69% Basic or […]

In the News – OPSB Interviews New Candidates Today

Superintendent Search Continues Orleans Parish School Board considers former Jefferson Parish, Memphis superintendents for top job The Orleans Parish School Board is meeting Thursday to interview three new, more experienced candidates for superintendent. The additional finalists are: Kriner Cash, the former superintendent in Memphis, Veronica Conforme, the former chief operating officer of New York City […]

Who’s Going to College

Who’s Going to College? A new report from the Louisiana Department of Education shows how many students from the class of 2012 enrolled in college after high school. For the Class of 2012 (OPSB & RSD combined): 58% of graduates enrolled in college right after high school. By the fall of 2013, college enrollment went […]