NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT PERFORMANCE SCORE SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
The District School Performance Score improved and nearly three out of four NOLA Public Schools received a progress index score of “A” or “B” .
NEW ORLEANS – (November 6, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the 2019 School Performance Scores (SPS), revealing an increase in NOLA Public School’s district performance score. Additionally, 74 percent of NOLA Public Schools continued to receive a high letter grade for academic growth, of either “A” or “B”, for the 2018-2019 school year. These accomplishments result in the school system maintaining a “C” letter grade for performance overall.
"While there is work to be done and continued progress that must be made, these school performance results indicate our school system is growing stronger every year,” said NOLA Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “The improvement in our district performance comes just after one year under local control and is a testament to the hard work of our local educators, and most importantly our students who are striving for success beyond high school graduation every day. I am also extremely proud of our local alternative schools that are ranked among the highest performing in the state this year under a new rating system which now helps draw attention to the growth and achievement of all our students citywide.”
The 2019 SPS results shared by the LDOE summarize the cumulative impact of our local schools and data released over the summer months, specifically showing:
|School||2019 Letter Grade New Alternative Formula||2019 SPS New Alternative Formula||2019 State Rank||2018 Letter Grade Traditional Formula||2018 SPS Traditional Formula|
|The NET Charter High School||C||70.5||2||F||29|
|Youth Study Center||C||69.9||4||F||24|
|The NET 2 Charter High School||C||63.7||7||F||22|
|ReNEW Accelerated High School||C||62||9||F||18.6|
|2019 NOLA Public Schools Top Gains Honorees||2019 NOLA Public Schools Equity Honorees|
|Edward Hynes Charter School||Warren Easton Charter School|
|Esperanza Charter School||Edward Hynes Charter School|
|KIPP Renaissance||Abramson Sci Academy|
|Benjamin Franklin High School||Benjamin Franklin High School|
|Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School||Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School|
|Lusher Charter School||Edna Karr High School|
|Lake Forest Elementary Charter School||Lusher Charter School|
|McDonogh 42||Lake Forest Elementary Charter School||Rosenwald Collegiate Academy||New Orleans Charter Science at Mathematics HS||Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School||Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School||The Travis Hill School at the Youth Study Center|
While the district’s overall school performance did increase, the newly released data underscores the need for local schools to improve their impact, especially among K-8 schools, where some schools did experience decline. Specifically, six schools dropped to a letter grade of “F” between the 2018 and 2019 school years. Schools that are rated “F” have already been visited by the administration, and district staff
will continue to monitor progress and assess what supports may be needed to help improve performance. Two schools previously rated “F” in 2018, Landry-Walker High School and Robert Russa Moton Charter School, did improve in 2019 to receive letter grades of “C” and “D” respectively.
“As a district, we must focus on retaining great teachers and supporting them in using high-quality instructional materials designed to help students meet the rigor of new state assessments and standards,” said Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “My administration met with school leaders this fall to discuss how they can move forward given the testing results received this summer. Our joint goal is to improve academic achievement and together we are focused on ensuring our educators have the resources they need to help students thrive.”
Every year, schools and school systems in Louisiana receive report cards with school performance scores and corresponding A-F letter grades. The report cards, which can be viewed on the online Louisiana School Finder, communicate how well schools are preparing students for the next grade level by examining student performance measures, like how students score on state assessments, how many students are graduating each year or how many students are earning early college credit.
ABOUT NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
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