Pitiful - Nearly Half of Louisiana Public Schools Failing
There are 650 public schools that were scored.
We are failing our kids, in a huge way. Promises of “opportunity” mean nothing if we are not giving our kids the basic tools they need to take advantage of opportunity.
Included in the bad news was this piece of good news:
The most improved district in the state was the Recovery School District, which took over many failing schools in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The rest of the article is here. It begins:
44 percent of Louisiana’s public schools have received a failing grade in the newest school performance scores.
The scores were made public during a news conference in New Orleans early Wednesday afternoon.
The state switched the ways schools are graded late last year. Rather than a numerical score, schools now get a grade of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or F. 44 percent of schools received a “D” or “F” this year.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been briefed on the scores, the source says, and is said to be very disappointed. Jindal is expected to hold a news conference this afternoon to address the matter and call for reform.
The statistics released Wednesday were the usual mixed bag: There is measurable improvement in many places and in many categories. But, officials said the improvements aren’t being made quickly enough. For example, about a third of students still aren’t performing at what is labeled the “basic” level.
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From that report:
For example, the report states that the average per pupil expenditure in Louisiana is above the national average (adjusted for regional cost differences and weighted for student needs). However, when individual districts are considered, only 28 percent of Louisiana districts are above the national average.