Tag Archives: RSD

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 […]

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 […]

Enrollment Data Released; 84% now attending Charter Schools

The state has released enrollment data for New Orleans public schools, which includes all OPSB schools, RSD New Orleans schools and the city’s Type 2 charter schools. As of October 1, 2012: 84% of New Orleans public school students attend charter schools, up from 78% last year and 71% in 2010. New Orleans has a […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Return Model for School Governance

In 2010, Educate Now! convened a Task Force to consider long-term governance alternatives for New Orleans public schools.  In a series of meetings over several months, the members of the Task Force worked on how best to restore local control of public education without imperiling the considerable academic progress since 2005. The Task Force determined […]