Tag Archives: new orleans public schools

A Tale of Two Schools: Voucher Performance

Performance is uneven in traditional public schools. Performance is uneven in charter schools. It should come as no surprise that performance is uneven in nonpublic schools. Let’s look at two schools participating in the Orleans voucher pilot: St. Leo the Great and Upperroom Bible Church Academy. Last year, St. Leo had 136 voucher students; Upperroom […]

2012 K-8 Test Scores Released

The K-8 student test scores for Louisiana were released today, and New Orleans continues to improve. Test Score Highlights  For the 6th year in a row, student performance is up. Growth was less robust this year. While the RSD outperformed the state, for the first time since Katrina, OPSB did not. New Orleans Combined (OPSB […]

More New Orleans Graduates College and Career Ready

One of the key goals of K-12 education is to give our students the educational foundation they need to be college or career ready. In Louisiana, we have a good benchmark to measure this preparedness – what percent of our students qualify for TOPS, a program that provides two- and four-year merit-based scholarships to Louisiana […]

The Session Begins

Governor Jindal has made K-12 education reform the cornerstone of his legislative agenda. He is proposing sweeping changes – including expanding vouchers, creating more charter schools, and changing teacher tenure – that could radically alter the landscape of Louisiana education. This Wednesday the House Education Committee and this Thursday the Senate Education Committee will hear […]

News Alert: BESE Approves Major Changes to the MFP

Yesterday, BESE approved an MFP resolution that now goes to the legislature to be voted upon. The resolution approved yesterday includes some major changes that align with the Governor’s K-12 reform agenda. The underlying philosophy of these changes is the money to educate a child should follow that child to a broader array of education […]

Schools More Diverse; High Poverty Stays the Same

Orleans Public School Enrollment Continues to Climb with Increase in Diversity and Charter Choice New Orleans continues its steady increase in enrollment, growing from 39,877 students last year to 42,030 this year. The student population continues to diversify, with the percentage of non-African American students growing to 13.7% this year, up from 11.3% last year […]

2011 Scores are In — New Orleans is #1 in Growth!

Since 2005, New Orleans has improved more than any other school district in Louisiana. District Performance Highlights Educate Now! calculates that the combined DPS for New Orleans should be around 82.4. This means that New Orleans has grown a stunning 25.5 points – 49% – between 2005 and 2011! #1 in Growth Since 2005 District Performance […]

End of Course Tests

What are End of Course Tests (EOCs)? Louisiana is phasing out the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and replacing it with specific End of Course tests, or EOCs. There are six EOC exams. Beginning with the freshman class of 2010-11, students must pass at least three of the tests to graduate: English II or English III […]

Closing the Gap

New Orleans students are closing the achievement gap! Some of the most persistent achievement gaps in New Orleans – between black and white, the poor and the well-off, those with and without special needs – are shrinking, and at a pace that is much faster than ever before. This year, for the first time since […]

Voucher Program in Trouble

Voucher Program Faltering: Accountability and Performance Standards Needed Educate Now! analyzed student test scores from voucher schools and compared them to New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD) schools. We found that for the second year in a row, students participating in the voucher program performed worse than students in the RSD! STUDENT PERFORMANCE Comparing 3rd, […]