Tag Archives: Orleans Parish School Board

Court Rules Schools Don’t Have to Return

By refusing to hear further appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court has put an end to OPSB’s lawsuit against the state, which argued schools should be returned automatically to local control after five years if they are no longer failing. In 2010, BESE decided each charter board had the right to decide whether it wanted to […]

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% […]

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 […]

Close to 80% of Students Graduating on Time!

The state has released the four-year cohort graduation rates for 2012, and the news is good for New Orleans. The combined graduation rate for all New Orleans public schools rose to 77.8%. Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by District New Orleans = OPSB, RSD, charter and traditional schools The New Orleans graduation rate of 77.8% compares well to the […]

News Alert: Is Ira Thomas Breaking State Law?

OPSB President Ira Thomas could be violating state law by holding a seat on the Orleans Parish School Board while also working for the state. Thomas has served on the Orleans Parish School Board for the past four years. He has been Police Chief for Southern University at New Orleans for three and a half […]

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 […]

And the OPSB Candidates Are….

This fall, all seven seats on the Orleans Parish School Board will be up for election. This election is important because: This board will choose the new School Superintendent. This board will play an important role in the return of RSD schools to local control over the next few years.  The primary will be held […]

End of Course Test Results Are In

Earlier this month, the state released the results of the End of Course tests (EOCs). Background Info on End of Course Tests Louisiana has phased out the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and replaced it with EOCs. The graduating class of 2014 must pass at least three EOCs to graduate: English II or English III, Algebra I or […]

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 […]