Thursday, July 13, 2017

Here’s how New Orleans elementary schools did on standardized tests this spring | The Lens

Here’s how New Orleans elementary schools did on standardized tests this spring | The Lens:

Here’s how New Orleans elementary schools did on standardized tests this spring

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The Louisiana Department of Education released English, math and science standardized test results for elementary schools throughout the state on Wednesday.
Nearly half of the 64 Orleans Parish public elementary schools recorded a higher percentage of LEAP tests at mastery level or higher than in 2015. That’s in line with statewide growth.
State schools Superintendent John White said scores generally held steady across Louisiana.
The figures are based on tests taken rather than students because most students are tested in English, math and science, but some may miss one test or another.
In 2015, the state implemented new standards for English and math and raised its benchmark of proficiency from a score of basic, the middle of five levels, to mastery, the second-highest.
The states uses the percentage of students at basic level to give each school a letter grade. In 2025, schools will be evaluated based on what percentage of students have reached mastery.
How Orleans Parish public schools fared in 2017:
  • 29 schools increased the percentage of tests at mastery and advanced, the two highest levels, since 2015. (That’s the furthest back a comparison can be made.)
  • 23 schools had a lower percentage of tests at mastery or advanced than in 2015.
  • 7 schools had the same percentage of tests at mastery or advanced as in 2015.
  • 5 schools changed operators or don’t have previous scores to compare.
Two schools saw double-digit growth in the percentage of tests at mastery or above since 2015:
  • James Singleton Charter School increased from 9 percent to 23 percent.
  • McDonogh No. 35 Academy grew from 7 percent to 18.
Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, Mary D. Coghill Charter School and ReNEW SciTech Academy recorded the largest drops:
  • Mahalia Jackson went from 28 to 16 percent of tests at mastery or above.
  • Coghill dropped from 27 to 16.
  • SciTech dropped from 27 to 18.
SciTech’s principals resigned in the spring of 2015 after ReNEW leaders discovered they had allowed students to take non-state tests multiple times. A state investigation later revealed school leaders had encouraged teachers to look at LEAP tests after testing, aHere’s how New Orleans elementary schools did on standardized tests this spring | The Lens: 

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