Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Academic Growth Gains in New Orleans

Check out these AMAZING gains in New Orleans!

New Orleans #1 in Academic Growth Since 2005 by Sizable Margin

According to an analysis of the State District Performance Scores (DPS) released today, academic growth in New Orleans schools continues outpace the rest of the state by a significant margin, said Leslie Jacobs, Founder of Educate Now!

 “Since 2005, the DPS for New Orleans has grown an astonishing 36.8 points, more than any other district,” said Ms. Jacobs, “and closed the gap between our schools and the state average by 70 percent.”

The DPS is the most comprehensive measurement of school and student performance. It includes all students, all tests, and all grade levels, as well as dropout and attendance data. The DPS for New Orleans includes all RSD and OPSB schools, both charter and direct-run.

“For the first time New Orleans has a higher DPS than both East Baton Rouge and Caddo (Shreveport) Parishes,” said Ms. Jacobs. “This is especially notable because, unlike Orleans, EBR and Caddo’s DPS do not include their RSD schools in their DPS calculations.”

According to the numbers released today, New Orleans’ DPS improved from 83.2 in 2011 to 93.7 in 2012, with the OPSB schools scoring second in the state with a solid 133.8 and RSD improving to a score of 76.7.

“The data makes it clear that, while we still have a long way to go, the progress our schools have made is undeniable,” said Jacobs. “This is a clear testament that we are on the right path. The results speak for themselves.” 

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