Tag Archives: Recovery School District

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% […]

2013 Test Scores Are In, and We Rock! … Again!!

Student performance showed robust improvement for the 6th consecutive year. New Orleans (OPSB & RSD) is #1 in growth, gaining 5 points in the percentage of students meeting the state proficiency goal of Basic or above. This growth was fueled by RSD-New Orleans, with its 6 point gain. OPSB grew 1 point, equal to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

2012 School Performance Scores Released

Major improvement in New Orleans’ Ranking #1 in growth since 2005 Since 2005, the District Performance Score (DPS) for New Orleans has grown an astonishing 36.8 points, more than any other district in the state. For the first time, New Orleans has a higher DPS than both East Baton Rouge and Caddo (Shreveport) Parishes. New […]

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 […]