The state has released data on high school performance.
The Really Good News
New Orleans showed robust growth on the End of Course Tests (EOCs).
- New Orleans1 (OPSB & RSD) is 8th in improvement in the state, with 59% of students proficient (scoring Excellent or Good) compared to 52% in 2013.
- This is a jump of 7 percentage points; the state improved 3 points, from 59% to 62% proficient.
- Compared to the other 69 districts, New Orleans is now #37, up from #47 last year (up 11 spots).
- When we look at all New Orleans2, including Type 2 charters and NOCCA, 61% of students are proficient, just 1 point below the state average.
The state has been phasing in the EOCs by testing more subjects each year. This year, for the first time, all six subjects were tested: Algebra, Biology, English II, English III, Geometry and U.S. History. Since 2011, New Orleans has improved 14 points, while the state has improved 7 points.
Percent of Students (OPSB & RSD) Proficient
See below for EOC performance by school.
The Really Good News (part 2)
New Orleans students improved on the ACT
All students are now required to take the ACT. Many take it multiple times, and ACT uses their highest score.
- Looking at all New Orleans high schools, 50% of students scored an 18 or higher, up 6 points from 44% in 2013.
- Statewide, 59% of Louisiana students scored an 18 or higher, a 1 point gain from 2013.
- 18 is the score that ACT says is aligned with college success.
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.
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 Geometry, and Biology or American History. *
- EOCs count for at least 15% of a student’s grade in the course.
- School Performance Scores will now be calculated using EOC results instead of the GEE.
Results by School
Some schools outperformed the state average in the percent of students considered proficient (scoring Excellent or Good). Ben Franklin and Lusher – both selective admission schools – outperformed the state in all 4 subjects – Algebra I, English II, Geometry and Biology. Warren Easton and Sci Academy out performed in 3 of the 4 subjects. Continue reading
What are End of Course Tests (EOCs)?
Louisiana is phasing out the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE) and replacing it with specific End of Course tests, or EOCs.
There are six EOC exams. Beginning with the freshman class of 2010-11, students must pass at least three of the tests to graduate:
- English II or English III
- Algebra I or Geometry
- Biology or American History
Like the GEE, if a student does not pass the test on their first attempt, they have other opportunities to take the test.
Last year, the state tested students in Algebra I, English II, and Geometry. Tests for Biology, English III and American History will be phased in over the next two years.
The Louisiana Department of Education recently released the 2010-11 End of Course test results for Algebra I, English II and Geometry. Educate Now! analyzed student performance for New Orleans schools, focusing specifically on Algebra I and English II.
How did our students do?
Algebra I: New Orleans (all OPSB and RSD schools) outperformed many other school districts, posting its highest ranking relative to other school districts on any state administered test- ever! Continue reading