- Michigan Public Radio Studies Detroit and N.O. Schools
- Institute on Race and Poverty Report on New Orleans Schools
— New York Times Article
— Tulane University’s Cowen Institute Responds to Report
— The Teachers’ Unions’ Last Stand
— LA Adopts Value-Added Teacher Evaluation Model
— Teachers Facing Weakest Market in Years
— Matching Teachers to Environment Improves Student Performance
- Charter Schools
— Charter Schools Gain Edge from Hours, Says Study
— Five Hard Truths About Charter Schools
- New Book Examines Achievement Gap Between the Sexes
- Local News
— Charter School Conversion Leaves Some Parents Anxious, Some Hopeful
— Older Students Pose Unique Challenges for Teachers, Families
Student performance continues to rise!
The recently released 2010 Test Scores are great news for New Orleans. Across the city, student achievement continues to improve.
- For the third year in a row, more students passed the high-stakes LEAP tests.
- Significantly more students met the state proficiency goal of Basic or above.
- The Recovery School District (RSD) is #1 in the state in increasing the percentage of students scoring Basic or above. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is tied for 4th highest.
- In cumulative gains (over three years), the RSD is again #1, and OPSB tied with one other district for 3rd highest gains.
In this edition of In the News:
- Wyoming Studies New Orleans
- Evaluating Charter Schools
- KIPP Teachers Vote to Leave Union
- Twins Shine Light on Importance of Good Teachers
- In Other News
- Who should authorize charter schools?
- Who should manage school facilities?
- Who should handle the money?
- What should happen to the Orleans Parish School Board?
- What about giving the mayor authority over schools?
- What about an appointed school board?
While these are all important questions, Educate Now! urges everyone to hit the pause button and take time to fully understand the “what” of school governance (what roles, functions, services must be in place) before looking at the “who” (what individuals, group, organization, or political entity or entities should be responsible for these functions).
The majority of voters:
- Believe the state made the right decision in taking over the schools (Cowen);
- Strongly support choice (CABL, Cowen);
- Strongly support charters (CABL, Cowen, Democracy Corps);
- Do not want schools returned to the Orleans Parish School Board (CABL, Cowen);
- Do not want mayoral control of schools (Cowen); and
- Would like return of local control eventually (Democracy Corps). Continue reading
The Big Picture: Good News Overall
The state has just released the 2009 School Performance Scores, and the news is good overall. Students in New Orleans are doing better than they were pre-Katrina, and New Orleans is one of the 5 most-improved areas in the state.
In 2005, just before Katrina, only 37% of Orleans Parish schools were considered Academically Acceptable with one star or higher. Today that number is 58% – an increase of 21 percentage points.
New Orleans is one of the most improved areas in the state, and our rate of progress is significantly higher than the state average. The District Performance Score for New Orleans Schools went from 56.9 in 2005 to 70.6 in 2009, an increase of 13.7 points. The state average only went up 3.6 points during this time.
Four Years After Katrina
How do voters feel about the changes?
When asked in an open-ended question to list things that are better than they were before Katrina, one in four voters named education – the number one response. Continue reading
The Senior Graduation Rate Rises in New Orleans
Historically, New Orleans has done a dismal job helping its seniors cross the finish line. In fact, in spring 2005, the last year all the schools were under the Orleans Parish School Board, only 79% of New Orleans seniors graduated, tying Madison Parish for the worst record in the state. Thus, for every 100 seniors, 21 did not get to walk across the stage and receive a diploma.
Great News: Performance Soars!
These gains are truly significant and show the reforms underway are working.
- New Orleans improved more than the state across all grades and subjects.
- New Orleans showed real growth in the percentage of students passing the promotional high-stakes LEAP and GEE tests.
- Significantly more students met the state proficiency goal of Basic or Above.
This edition of Leslie’s Notebook will focus on the high stakes tests – 4th and 8th grade English and Math LEAP tests, along with the Graduation Exit Exam – to highlight the tremendous improvement both this year and since the state took over the schools in 2006.
How can I proclaim this with such confidence?
Because we now have a new model of public education reform that is no longer dependent upon Paul Vallas or any other single person for its success.