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2014 School Scores Released

School Performance Scores Released
2013-14 a stand still year

New Orleans hit the pause button this year. After 7 years of robust growth in school performance, 2013-14 remained flat.

 Variability in School Scores

While overall city performance was unchanged, individual school scores varied a great deal from 2013 to 2014. Of the 63 schools that received a letter grade in 2013 and 2014, almost half had a letter grade change: 11 moved up and 19 went down.

  • K-8 scores were impacted by a decrease in progress (bonus) points. Schools earn progress points by improving the performance of non-proficient students more than expected. This year the state changed the rules and made it more difficult to earn progress points1, so only five K-8 schools received the maximum of 10 points, whereas twenty-three received the maximum last year.
  • 2014 K-8 scores also reflect the migration to Common Core standards. In the spring of 2014, students took LEAP and iLEAP tests that were Common Core aligned. (Students will transition to the new PARCC tests in 2015, unless this is changed by the current litigation.) While the state “curved” the letter grades so the distribution remained the same statewide2, the test results in the spring clearly showed some schools adapted to the new standards better than others.
  • Finally, beginning in 2013, the state increased the inherent volatility of school scores and letter grades by using only one year of data to calculate letter grades instead of averaging two years of data.

School Performance Scores 

Despite the variability in individual school grades, the overall grade distribution is about the same as last year.

  • Two-thirds of students attended a school with a letter grade of A, B or C.
  • 5% attended a school with a letter grade of F.

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PAR Common Core Commentary

The Public Affairs Research Council released an excellent summary of the pending crisis in student testing and school accountability and the role Governor Bobby Jindal has played in this state-manufactured crisis.

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Leadership and Crisis in Education

In the fight over Common Core, Louisiana state government is
failing its citizens and the governor is chiefly responsible

Louisiana state government is failing its duty to provide leadership and accountability for public school education in the upcoming academic year. The situation has reached a crisis level with serious potential consequences for students, parents, teachers and all of us as stakeholders in the future of Louisiana. This was a crisis of choice and the clearest responsibility for it lies with the governor. 

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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 choice has had a positive impact on schools.

In 2014, Cowen asked if “choice has had a positive, negative or no impact on the quality of education in New Orleans.”

  • 53% said positive
  • 20% said negative
  • 27% said no opinion, no impact or some positive and some negative

Voters support OneApp.

When asked if all public schools in New Orleans should use a common application process,

  • 79% of voters agreed
  • 12% disagreed
  • 9% were uncertain or refused to answer

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Win Books for Students in Your Favorite Classroom!

 

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Educate Now! is giving students in one New Orleans
public school classroom a shopping spree at the Maple Street Book Shop!

Educate Now! is sending one lucky New Orleans public school classroom (transportation included) to the Maple Street Book Shop where each child will pick out a book of their very own to take home!

Do you want to choose the winning classroom?

Enter Educate Now!’s Share to Win competition, and if you win, you pick the lucky classroom.

To enter, go to www.sharetowinnola.com and register. Then use the website to share the contest information by email, Facebook or Twitter. The website will generate your own, unique Share to Win link to send to your friends. If you get the most number of people to sign up, you win.  So, share your link and urge your friends and colleagues to register. Be the one to pick the lucky classroom.

For complete contest terms and conditions, click here.

Educate Now! wants you to Share to Win for New Orleans public schools!

In the News: A Clipping Service – March 21, 2011

In this edition of In the News:

  • The Miracle of New Orleans
  • New Orleans Charter School Performance
  • LA Board of Regents’ Report UNO, SUNO and Delgado
  • U.S. Outnumbers Rest of World in High (and Low) Achievers
  • The Focus is on Teachers
  • Detroit: 41 Charters in Six Months?
  • It’s That Time Again

The Miracle of New Orleans

Educate Now! wants to share some good news about New Orleans and its recovery.

The New Orleans Miracle
Site Selection
– March 10, 2011
This positive article on New Orleans, published by an international magazine for expansion planning decision-makers (CEOs, facility planners, corporate real estate executives), talks about the region’s recovery, growth, and tremendous economic potential. Read More »

And the Winners Are….

Educate Now! is pleased to announce the three schools chosen by the winners of our Share to Win competition:

  • Edward Hynes Charter School
  • Langston Hughes Academy
  • Lusher Charter Elementary

Each school will receive a $1,000 donation from Educate Now! Read More »

Educate Now! is Giving Away $3,000 to N.O. Public Schools

You could win $1,000 for your favorite New Orleans public school.

Educate Now! is giving three New Orleans public schools $1,000 each through its Share to Win competition. To win $1,000 for your favorite public school, simply go to www.sharetowinnola.com and register. Then use the website to share the contest information with your friends. The three people who generate the most entries will win.

Start sharing today and win big for New Orleans public schools!

Paul Vallas’ Legacy

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After Paul Vallas’ annoucement last week that he will be returning to Chicago in 2010, a number of Educate Now!’s members asked me for my perspective on this coming transition.  This Notebook is also the subject of a guest column in today’s Times Picayune.
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So, what will Paull Vallas’ depature in 2010 mean for the school reform effort? 
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After he leaves, student achievement in New Orleans will continue to improve.

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.