Tag Archives: new orleans public schools

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 […]

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. […]

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*. 

New Orleans is Over 90% Charter

Educate Now! has reviewed the most recent enrollment data from the state. As of October 1: 91% of New Orleans students are in charter schools. Enrollment keeps increasing by around 1,500 students per year. New Orleans schools have grown more diverse since Katrina. New Orleans Enrollment Over Time October 1 Count (all students)* 2004-05 2009-10 […]

New Orleans Expulsion Rate Below State Average

The Recovery School District (RSD) and the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) announced the results of the first year of the new expulsion policy for public schools in Orleans Parish. There were 272 expulsions in the 2012-13 school year, for an expulsion rate of .57% In comparison, the state had an expulsion rate of .7% […]

Good News About Cheating

The Lens recently reported on the number of test administration mistakes and instances of cheating found by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) from 2010 to 2012 for public schools in New Orleans. This information was provided to The Lens by the LDOE. Educate Now! is very encouraged by the results. The fact that only 130 tests out of hundreds […]

2013 EOC Results – High School Gains Continue

The state has released the End-of-Course (EOC) exam results for 2012-2013. The percent of students proficient (scoring Excellent or Good) increased – and at a faster rate than the state.  From 2011-12 to 2012-13, looking at all tests combined: RSD-New Orleans and OPSB each gained 7 percentage points. The state gained 4 points. Percent of Students Proficient […]

Special Education – OPSB Not Serving Its Share

Schools under the OPSB serve a disproportionately low number of students with disabilities. The city average is 9.9% special education students, but OPSB schools (charter and traditional combined) serve 6.6%. OPSB charters serve only 5.49% while RSD charters serve 11.1%. Even OPSB’s open-admission charter schools are significantly under-serving special education students. OPSB receives a lump […]

What Does N.O. Think About Education Reforms

There has been much discussion about how folks really view education reforms in New Orleans. Last week, Tulane’s Cowen Institute released a 2013 public opinion poll providing data that replaces pure speculation with poll results on how voters feel about key issues. Key Findings Voters agreed more than they disagreed, reflecting consensus on some key points: Support […]

Game Changer! N.O. High School Grad Rate Outperforms US

With the recent release by the U.S. Department of Education of national high school completion rates, New Orleans has cause to celebrate.  In terms of graduating students on time, we have closed the performance gap. New Orleans outperformed the state and outperformed the nation.  States are now required to use a common measurement for high school completion:  the percent […]