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
(Scoring Excellent or Good)
View a comparison of gains by district.
High Schools Are Closing the Gap
In 2005, OPSB trailed the state by 21 points in the percentage of high school students proficient on the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE). The GEE had four tests – English, Math, Science, and Social Studies – and the state’s proficiency goal was for students to score Basic or above.
In 2009, the state started phasing out the GEE and began replacing it with the more rigorous End-of-Course tests. This year EOCs were fully phased in, and the GEE is no longer given. There are six EOCs – Algebra I, English II, Biology, English III, Geology, and U.S. History – and the state’s proficiency goal is for students to score Excellent or Good.
While the EOCs and the GEE are different tests, we can compare New Orleans’ relative performance to the state average. The improvement in student achievement across the city becomes evident.
Percent of High School Students Proficient
2005 vs. 2013
New Orleans has closed the gap with the state to just 6 points!
In 2005, only 39% of New Orleans students were proficient on the GEE, versus the state average of 60% – a gap of 21 percentage points.
In 2013, on the EOC tests, 53% of New Orleans students were proficient (OPSB, RSD, Type 2 charters, NOCCA) versus 59% statewide – a gap of only 6 percentage points.
Progress Mirrors K-8 Gains
High school progress is consistent with the gains we have seen in K-8 testing. Just like with the 2013 LEAP and iLeap results, New Orleans trails the state in the percent proficient by 6 points and trails Jefferson Parish by 2 points, but outperforms Baton Rouge and Shreveport (Caddo Parish).
Percent of Students Proficient
|East Baton Rouge Parish||49%|
|All New Orleans||53%|
EOCs: The Fine Print
- To graduate, students must pass three of the six EOC exams: English II or III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or U.S. history.
- Students can score a Fair and still pass the test, but schools will only receive points toward their School Performance Scores (SPS) for scores of Excellent or Good.
- This year is the first time students took all six exams, so 2012-2013 will serve as a good baseline for high school performance going forward.
- EOC results now make up 25% of high schools’ SPS, which will be released this fall. The new U.S. History results will not count toward this year’s SPS.
Four open-admission high schools are in the top six high-performing high schools in the city, including all three Collegiate Academies charter schools.
High-Performing Open-Admissions High Schools
|G. W. Carver Preparatory Academy||89%|
|G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy||86%|
|New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy||72%|
Nine high schools grew by more than 10 percentage points in the last year.
Most Improved High Schools
|New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy||48%||72%||24|
|New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)||73%||88%||15|
|Eleanor McMain Secondary School||42%||56%||14|
|International High School of New Orleans||42%||56%||14|
|KIPP Renaissance High School||36%||48%||12|
|Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School||21%||32%||11|
|McDonogh #35 College Preparatory School||31%||42%||11|
|Sophie B. Wright Learning Academy||32%||42%||10|
O.P. Walker: O. Perry Walker High School deserves a special mention for its remarkable turnaround since Katrina. In 2005, it was one of the 10 lowest performing high schools in the city and academically unacceptable. This year, it is above the state average, ranking 8th in the city in the percent of students proficient on the EOCs and on par with Edna Karr and Warren Easton.
Cause for Concern
What happened at Miller-McCoy? The school experienced an 18-point decrease in the percentage of students proficient on the EOCs. This is a significant drop in performance and definitely troubling.
Comparing New Orleans High Schools
2012-2013 Percent of Students Proficient (Scoring Excellent or Good)
|OPSB Charter||Benjamin Franklin High School||99%|
|OPSB Charter||Lusher Charter School||97%|
|RSD Charter||G. W. Carver Preparatory Academy||89%|
|State School||New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)||88%|
|RSD Charter||G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy||86%|
|RSD Charter||Sci Academy||72%|
|Type 2 Charter||New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy||72%|
|OPSB||All OPSB Schools||68%|
|OPSB Charter||Warren Easton Senior High School||65%|
|RSD Charter||O.Perry Walker Senior High School||60%|
|OPSB Charter||Edna Karr High School||60%|
|Type 2 Charter||International High School of New Orleans||56%|
|OPSB Operated||Eleanor McMain Secondary School||56%|
|OPSB Charter||New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics HS||55%|
|N.O.||All New Orleans Schools||53%|
|RSD Charter||KIPP Renaissance High School||48%|
|RSD Charter||Cohen College Prep||47%|
|RSD Charter||Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School||43%|
|RSD Charter||Sophie B. Wright Learning Academy||42%|
|OPSB Operated||McDonogh #35 College Preparatory School||42%|
|RSD-NO||All RSD-New Orleans Schools||38%|
|RSD Charter||Lake Area New Tech Early College High School||33%|
|RSD Charter||Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School||32%|
|RSD Charter||Algiers Technology Academy||32%|
|RSD Operated||L. B. Landry High School||25%|
|RSD Charter||Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and||15%|
|RSD Charter||John McDonogh High School||14%|
|RSD Charter||The NET Charter High School||14%|
|RSD Charter||Crescent Leadership Academy||14%|
|RSD Charter||ReNEW Accelerated High School City Park||11%|
|RSD Charter||ReNEW Accelerated High School West Bank||7%|
|Schools Phasing Out|
|RSD Operated||Sarah Towles Reed Senior High School||16%|
|RSD Operated||G.W. Carver High School||14%|
|RSD Operated||Walter L. Cohen High School||6%|
|OPSB Operated||McDonogh 35 Career Academy||0%|
Change in Percent of Students Proficient (Scoring Excellent or Good)
|District||High School||% Proficient
|Type 2 Charter||New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy||48%||72%||24|
|RSD Charter||Sci Academy||57%||72%||15|
|State School||New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)||73%||88%||15|
|OPSB Operated||Eleanor McMain Secondary School||42%||56%||14|
|Type 2 Charter||International High School of New Orleans||42%||56%||14|
|RSD Charter||KIPP Renaissance High School||36%||48%||12|
|RSD Charter||Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School||21%||32%||11|
|OPSB Operated||McDonogh #35 College Preparatory School||31%||42%||11|
|RSD Charter||Sophie B. Wright Learning Academy||32%||42%||10|
|OPSB Charter||Edna Karr High School||52%||60%||8|
|RSD Charter||O.Perry Walker Senior High School||55%||60%||5|
|OPSB Charter||Warren Easton Senior High School||61%||65%||4|
|RSD Operated||L. B. Landry High School||22%||25%||3|
|OPSB Charter||Lusher Charter School||98%||97%||-1|
|OPSB Charter||Benjamin Franklin High School||100%||99%||-1|
|OPSB Charter||New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics HS||56%||55%||-1|
|RSD Charter||Algiers Technology Academy||33%||32%||-1|
|RSD Charter||Lake Area New Tech Early College HS||37%||33%||-4|
|RSD Charter||Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School||49%||43%||-6|
|RSD Charter||Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business||33%||15%||-18|
|RSD Charter||Cohen College Prep||NR||47%||NA|
|RSD Charter||John McDonogh High School||NR||14%||NA|
|RSD Charter||G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy||NR||86%||NA|
|RSD Charter||G. W. Carver Preparatory Academy||NR||89%||NA|
|RSD Charter||ReNEW Accelerated High School City Park||6%||11%||5|
|RSD Charter||ReNEW Accelerated High School W. Bank||4%||7%||3|
|RSD Charter||The NET Charter High School||NR||14%||NA|
|RSD Charter||Crescent Leadership Academy||NR||14%||NA|
|Schools Phasing Out|
|RSD Operated||G.W. Carver High School||7%||14%||7|
|RSD Operated||Sarah Towles Reed Senior High School||14%||16%||2|
|RSD Operated||Walter L. Cohen High School||23%||6%||-17|
|OPSB Operated||McDonogh 35 Career Academy||24%||0%||-24|
2011-12 Results were for Algebra I, English II, Geometry and Biology.
2012-13 Results were for Algebra I, English II, Geometry, Biology, English III and U.S. History.
View 2012-13 percent proficient by EOC test sorted alphabetically by high school.
For more on the End of Course exams, read this article in the Times-Picayune.
For more on statewide results, view the press release from the LA Department of Education.