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High School Performance – A WOW Moment!

New Orleans high schools are (finally) showing great improvement. The state released Letter Grades and School Performance Scores (SPS) for most high schools1, and there is cause for celebration! Highlights More than half of New Orleans high schools earned a letter grade of A or B. Five years ago, only two high schools had an […]

PARCC Results: A New Baseline

The state has released the 2014-15 PARCC test results for English and math, grades 3-8. How did New Orleans do? 60% of students scored Proficient (Basic or above); the state was 65%. 28% of students scored Mastery or above; the state was 33%. Compared to other districts? New Orleans is ranked 45th out of 69 […]

By the Numbers: Student and School Performance

This fall, Louisiana’s Department of Education will release new baseline scores for schools and for student performance. As we move to the new academic standards, Educate Now! will no longer use 2005 as a comparison point. Instead, our new baseline will be the 2014-15 school year. It’s time to focus on what’s next for New […]

N.O.’s Expulsion Rate Below State Average

New Orleans’ Expulsion Rate is Below the State Average In 2014-15, the Student Hearing Office worked with schools, students, and advocates to refine expulsion policies for New Orleans. Discipline conferences are now used as an intervention prior to expulsion and are keeping more students in school. Additionally, student offenses are tiered based on severity of […]

2015 ACT Scores: New Orleans Improves More than State

ACT Scores Continue to Rise Highlights New Orleans improved more than the state. New Orleans’ composite ACT score improved from 18.4 to 18.8, a gain of 0.4 points, while the state improved from 19.2 to 19.4, a gain of 0.2 points. More New Orleans students have TOPS-qualifying ACT scores. 63% of the senior class scored […]

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*. 

Charter Schools Help Improve Special Education in New Orleans

This guest editorial appeared in the Times-Picayune, and I wanted to share it with you. Charter Schools Help Improve Special Education in New Orleans: Leslie Jacobs In fourth grade, James, a special needs student at John Dibert Charter School, was struggling academically and behaviorally. He was making daily trips to the dean’s office for disruptive […]

Positive Results from New Expulsion Policies

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 […]