Are Louisiana’s latest SPS score release just another Trick or really the Treat, White claims?

Are Louisiana’s latest SPS score release just another Trick or really the Treat, White claims?

Figure 1 (What White wears when his staffers leave office)

John White has some great news for us! RSD is doing awesome and so are all the charters in New Orleans. I guess its time to convert all our schools to charters folks. He finally proved his methodology works.

Just don’t pay attention to the High School scores from the 2012-2013 release which have almost all dropped one to two letter grades. (If he was responsible for the increase, is he not now responsible for the decrease?)

Last year, While claimed credit for improving 95% of our High Schools by increasing our expectations and rigor and claiming High Schools rose to meet the challenge. Most other mathematicians explained at some length and analysis that the increase was entirely due to a change in the SPS formula being used, and a change to a new test that resulted in 10-15 points of grade inflation, which White subsequently acknowledged about 6 months later during testimony given to the state legislature, but that was long after receiving many accolades and a positive performance review based on the improvement in our schools.

This year the formula changed drastically again. However rather than worry about people discovering the point inflation, John White has been completely upfront with adding up to 10 bonus points to SPS scores.

(from internal LDOE document detailing SPS changes)

Some things to note that this slide doesn’t reveal. Schools can get the maximum bonus points based off of just 100 students, or 100 % of the underperforming population improving a a level from last year. If students improve in multiple categories, like reading and math, then you get .1 points for both categories they moved up in. So 50 kids improving out of 2000 in a school could net 10 bonus points( a whole grade level), even if the rest of the student body declines or tests at the lowest level. In a small school with only 10 students below grade level a school could improve just 5 of them in both categories to get the max 10 points for their entire school.

Bonus points are not the only way a school can manipulate their results. Another factor is grad rate and grad index or high schools. RSD schools and charters have learned that if they exit kids with the right codes they do not factor into the graduate denominator or dropout denominator. Note how John McDonogh was able to improve their grade rate from 34% in 2006 to 90% in 2008 while graduating almost the exact same number of students. If fewer failing students stay at your school, your grad rate goes up, which impacts SPS scores. RSD, Jefferson and several other favored districts are never audited by the LDOE by order of John White. There is no need to erase test scores when you can simply change a single exit code on a single record and the state never audits them, regardless of how ridiculous the data being reported.

(the below is from an internally circulated LDOE document)

From one of my former accountability commenters:

. . .Graduation data. You and Schneider and a few others have been randomly tossing around the term “bogus” for a few days, but that grad data IS bogus. There’s a handful of high schools that is on the “AUDIT FIRST” list, but because most are in the RSD, no one has been audited. So schools in Vermilion, Lafayette, Jennings, Jefferson (for certain) get away with cheating so none of the RSD schools get caught.

Would you like to see what a “successful” non-failing school looks like in New Orleans today?

70% of the kids at this school are not passing their end of course exams they need to pass to graduate. 55% of them score at the lowest possible level. This far surpasses the admittedly low-level of performance of New Orleans schools, pre-RSD. However, this school is considered a “success” based on the new formula devised by White. Success that has been touted by Leslie Jacobs, who devised this strategy originally. Only a little more than half of the students graduate from this school, and that’s not soubt with the assistance of subterfuge.

Most New Orleans schools were classified as failing pre-Katrina, but even then the average for New Orleans was about 55% below grade level, not 70%. 55% is just the students this “non-failing” school has in the lowest category of achievement.

(From Orleans District Composite Reports)

Here is an example of another non-failing school, thanks to John White’s new formula and “bonus” points.

This school has 65% of their student performing below grade level. This is 8 years after Katrina. These kids have never been anywhere but an RSD or charter school in New Orleans. They are considered successful now, because RSD manages them, and because John White and education reformers need a win to continue their privatization. After 8 years, John White cannot afford for this experiment to “fail”. This is what RSD has achieved even after spending 2 to 5 times as much money (after private, state, federal grants and increased funding) on New Orleans students as students in the rest of Louisiana.

You might be getting the impression that the old scale was comparable to the 2004-2005 scale.

This school gets no bonus points, and also sports a 70% below grade level passage rate for tests needed to graduate, and gets a passing grade under both systems. Even though 70% of their students do not pass EOC tests, they have managed to graduate 61% of their students. Or rather, they have managed to report 61 % of their students as graduating. Is this a valid number? No one at LDOE wants to know, because with that rate this school is now successful.

If you are outside of New Orleans you are under less scrutiny so most RSD schools are still F’s, like this one in St Helena that has been in RSD hands long enough that the 70% below grade level performance is entirely their own doing. There are no other middle schools or 5-8 grades in St Helena, therefore no shuffling possible. A 5-8 school doesn’t have a grad rate to falsify, so they can’t gain points by rigging that system.

Last year John White boosted all the High Schools with inflated scores to claim his increased rigor and policies were successful and the press and BESE saluted his efforts. This year most of those schools have fallen back a grade level or two and the press and BESE are silent. This year many elementary schools, and 2/3rds of New Orleans’s schools got boosts from bonus points that lifted them all up a grade level (or sometimes 2) and LDOE and the press have lavished praise on John White and his reforms.

Next year will they drop again and will the press remain silent? Perhaps. I wonder if some RSD Middle schools like RSD in St Helena will be getting some bonus points to improve their SPS score, while only 30% of their children are performing on grade level, like so many schools in New Orleans now “defined” as successful by a new score and bonus point booster shot? It’s hard to know, but what I do know is that what John White delivered to us just before Halloween this year is just another trick, not a treat, and certainly not something that’s good for children.

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The Recovery School District (RSD) Optical Illusion

The Recovery School District (RSD) Optical Illusion

More on the absurdity that is the New Orleans miracle. I have another take of my own I’m working on, but this is a great additional analytical piece on the spin and subterfuge being paraded about as success. New Orleans does like its parades to be sure, but this one is nothing to celebrate.

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The charter-promoting organization, New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) wants its charters to prosper. Its website proudly advertises a hefty $25 million grant from the Arnold Foundation– as in John Arnold, former Enron trader who made off with $4 million while most employees lost their pensions and who later spun gold in hedge funds to the tune of $3 billion.

In order to sell the charter success image, NSNO offers the public “proof” of “New Orleans Schools Success” in the form of these two graphs:

“Success” in the reformer world is all too often about image and not truth.  As such, these graphs promote a lie.  The bolded information below explains the deception.

It is the Recovery School District (RSD) that is state-run, not Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). OPSB retained the majority of its handful of schools after the post-Katrina state takeover; the criteria for state takeover was any school scoring below the…

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Bobby Jindal is clearly not running for President

Bobby Jindal is clearly not running for President

Recent articles have been cropping up about speculating that Bobby Jindal is running for President of the United States in 2016. Jindal has repeatedly denied these rumors as premature, ridiculous and perhaps insane, and I for once I find myself having to agree with him.

He [Jindal] has been largely mute on his national ambitions since February, when he told Fox & Friends anyone considering a run at that time should “get their head examined.”

Here are the reasons I think it is unlikely Jindal is contemplating a Presidential run:

Popularity (or lack thereof)

According to recent polls, Jindal’s popularity is at an all-time low. As few as 17% of Louisiana’s think Bobby Jindal should make a run for President. In a hypothetical matchup between Bobby Jindal and Hillary Clinton, Clinton easily defeats Jindal, in his own state, in a general election. Louisianan’s prefer gay marriage almost twice as much as they approve of Bobby Jindal running for President and 13% more believe Barak Obama is doing a good job as President compared to just 28% feeling Jindal is doing a good job as Governor.

Q1 Do you approve or disapprove of President
Barack Obama’s job performance?
Approve …………………………………………………. 41%
Disapprove……………………………………………… 52%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 7%

Q2 Do you approve or disapprove of Governor
Bobby Jindal’s job performance?
Approve …………….. .28%
Disapprove…………. .59%
Not sure …………….. .13%

Q3 If the candidates for President next time were
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican
Bobby Jindal, who would you vote for?
Hillary Clinton………………………………………….. 47%
Bobby Jindal …………………………………………… 40%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 13%

Q8 Do you think Bobby Jindal should run for
President in 2016, or not?
He should run …………………………………………. 17%
He should not………………………………………….. 72%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 10%

Q10 Do you think same-sex marriage should be
allowed in Louisiana, or not?
It should be allowed …………………………………. 28%
It should not ……………………………………………. 63%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 10%

Unemployment

During Jindal’s reign as Governor Louisiana’s unemployment rate has doubled. Louisiana’s rate continues to climb while the Nation’s rate as a whole continues to fall. Jindal promotes his job creating measures such as chicken processing plants, but on the balance his policies have led to a severe decline in employment for Louisiana. The circles represent when Bobby Jindal took office. Notice the steep increase in unemployment reversing a trend of declining unemployment.


This is in large part because as our labor force has been returning or graduating, they are not finding jobs. The job sector in Louisiana is staying for or declining, despite anecdotal press releases to the contrary.

While the Nation as a whole experienced an increase in unemployment during the same time, the trend for the nation is undeniably downward. Louisiana’s is also undeniably trending upwards, the wrong direction. Here is the national unemployment data. In technical terms, it goes down, while we go up. Going down, good. Going up, bad.

Education

It would hard to argue for Jindal on education policies. According to Jindal’s own definition of what represent’s a failing school, any school graded “C” or below and requiring the state to offer families vouchers to escape these failing schools. Currently more than half of Louisiana’s students attend these “failing” schools even after being given “bonus points” to boost many borderline schools up an extra grade level, or in at least on case 2 grade levels.

Fiscal Irresponsibility

Jindal has run an enormous budget deficit for each of the past 6 years requiring many draconian cuts to higher education (more than 50% since taking office), healthcare and services for the elderly, mentally ill, and disabled. At the same time he has approved pork barrel projects such as 2 million dollar libraries to honor his wealthy friends and donors. This actually does sound like business as usual in Washington, so maybe he does have some credentials in this area.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Bobby-Jindal–Tuition-Hike-King-of-America-.html?soid=1102448202033&aid=HD-ixfabqmM

“Revenue neutral” at this stage of the game is a recipe for continuing to shift the burden of paying for government off those with the ability to pay and onto those with the greatest need for access to government services, whether its an affordable college education, behavioral health services for early childhood development, battered women’s shelters, or hospice care for Medicaid patients.

Common Core State Standards, New Hampshire and Iowa

The two first primary states in the election process are New Hampshire and Iowa.

In Iowa: Governor Terry Branstad has signed an executive order killing Common Core.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, declare the following:

The State of Iowa, not the federal government or any other organization, shall determine the content of Iowa’s state academic standards, which are known as the Iowa Core.  The Iowa Department of Education shall develop a regular review cycle for the Iowa Core, including public comment, to determine the contents of and to continually improve state academic standards.

New Hampshire’s largest school district, Manchester, has rejected Common Core and other districts are now following their lead.

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/manchester-nh-schools-reject-common-core/

http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/bold-alton-new-hampshire-school-board-votes-to-reject-common-core/

Many candidates are given a boost or the boot depending on how they fair in these two early bellwether contests.

Since 1976, when proliferating primaries and caucuses became the basis for selecting convention delegates, every single nominee but one, in both parties, won either Iowa or New Hampshire. The singular exception occurred in 1992 when a favorite son rendered Iowa’s Democratic caucuses moot and Bill Clinton’s comeback, second-place finish to a near favorite son in New Hampshire left the contest unresolved.

Both states, have either rejected Common Core State Standards by Governor’s decree or are in the process of rejecting it one community at a time, as Louisiana is doing. While Bobby Jindal has publicly stated he opposes the imposition of a Federal Curriculum, privately he has funded and appointed the 9 of the 11 members of the state BESE board that is unwaveringly supportive of CCSS despite statewide outcry from parents and teachers. The rejection of CCSS in Louisiana has done what many folks would have thought unthinkable a year ago, unified conservatives, liberals and independents, republican party stalwarts like John Fleming and David Vitter, Woody Jenkins and A.G. Crowe (this is what I’ve been told or seen e-mail correspondence from), and teachers unions in this state in rejection of Bobby Jindal and his CCSS agenda. John White, Superintendent of Education, was hand-picked by Jindal to lead the Louisiana Department of Education. John White has embarked on a statewide campaign to promote CCSS, including many venues that are private or refuse to permit public comment. The federal Common Core standards drive the curriculum. Bobby Jindal is trying to distract folks using the age old chicken and the egg argument.

On the plus side, Jindal will be able to claim he has the ability to bring people diverse backgrounds together (in opposition of him and his policies.)

What’s more, Jindal’s stature in New Hampshire and Iowa was already in the pits before his deviation from them on CCSS

The Louisiana governor is the featured evening speaker Friday at the Redstate gathering in New Orleans and then sets off to Iowa on Saturday for a fundraiser on behalf of Gov. Terry Branstad.

For almost any potential top-tier 2016er, this back-to-back premiere event scheduling would attract gobs of media attention and piles of aftermath analysis.

But for Jindal, it’ll likely produce no more than a few headlines out of his battered home state press corps.

When he jetted up to New Hampshire in May, the Union-Leader didn’t even tease his visit on the front page.  The Granite State Democratic Party chairman openly mocked his draw.  And he’s placed at the bottom of virtually every GOP primary poll taken this year.

The 42-year-old Jindal is a second-tier GOP candidate at best.  He’s said anyone thinking about 2016 this early should have their head examined.

Question 3: As of today, who do you see yourself most likely supporting in the 2016 Republican Caucus?

Marco Rubio 11% (195)

Rand Paul 10.5% (179)

Paul Ryan 9% (159)

Jeb Bush 8.7% (148)

Chris Christie 7.7% (130)

Rick Santorum 6.7% (114)

Ted Cruz 6.1% (103)

Scott Walker 2.1% (36)

Bobby Jindal 1.3% (23)

Unsure 36% (618)

Environmental Catastrophe mismanagement

Bayou Corne. This has been and continues to be an unmitigated disaster. It could have been mitigated by Jindal. It should have been mitigated by Jindal. After ignoring the toxic situation there for more than a year, Jindal continues to do the least he can do at every turn, pretending the toxic radioactive sludge hole than Assumption Parish is slowly being gobbled up by does not exist. Jindal has no plan, except maybe a prayer he says every night that the entire parish and everyone who remembers it will get sucked into a sinkhole created by lax environmental regulations and oversight, and made infinitely worse by pretending it the problem does not exist. Maybe he just needs to ask the federal government to build some billion dollar sand berms like he did during BP? Those stopped a tiny fraction of one percent of the oil that was going to reach Louisiana’s coastline otherwise.

Taxation

It’s hard to envision a Republican candidate for president after advocating for doubling the taxes in his state, as Bobby Jindal attempted to do with his ill-fated tax proposal, that even industry claimed was a bad deal for them and the state. The math for this proposal never added up. Jindal claimed everyone would receive a tax cut in all income levels, after rebates. However it would also have catapulted Louisiana into the highest sales taxed state in the nation. This tax would have killed off new businesses, that currently benefit under the income tax structure because many new businesses have little to no revenue when starting up, and they can offset their expenditures against their revenue to both encourage reinvestment in property, plant and equipment, and discourage hoarding of money and resources. A sales tax creates an added expense for small business by charging them more for every investment they might make, regardless of whether are able to eke out a profit. Larger companies with out of state operations could easily bypass much of this tax by simply purchasing their large equipment outside of our state. Resellers and production facilities would have been foolish not to relocate their facilities out of state to avoid this tax had this passed, and large existing corporations and lobbyists already get close to 6 billion in tax credits, tax breaks and tax incentives regardless of the presence they have in Louisiana, which is coincidentally close to the amount of revenue Jindal hoped to bring in by doubling the sales taxes which would have hit all Louisiana families in all income levels, while funding large tax credits and corporate welfare for Jindal donors. A much better proposal would have been to eliminate state sales taxes entirely, as well as the corporate welfare, and allow local communities to control their own sales tax levels to create and finance their own local projects. This would have eliminated the need to have pork barrel projects like the museum Jindal is trying to create for his mentor, former governor Foster.

For those interested, here is a tax plan I proposed earlier that might actually help Louisiana:

Instead of doubling the sales tax, he should eliminate it.  This will immediately add thousands of dollars in everyone’s pocket in the state which can be used to buy additional goods and services from local merchants.   Instead of proposing to go from the third highest sales tax rate in the nation to the highest rate, Jindal should be proposing to eliminate that tax and drop us to the lowest tax rate in the nation.  This would address internet sales, by undercutting them.  Buying goods from the internet still incurs a shipping charge, but no taxes.  If you eliminate most of the taxes then you bring parity back to the local retailers, especially for small items or very large items.  This will immediately shift internet sales back to local sales, adding to the income of local retailers.  Jindal’s staff claimed Louisiana is surrounded by other high sales tax states proving a “buffer” to prevent people from driving across the borders to neighboring states with slightly lower rates.  That might be true, but if that is a concern, doesn’t it make sense to lower our sales taxes dramatically to encourage Texan’s, Mississippians, and Arkansans, to drive across our borders, to buy from our retailers and add to our local coffers?  Most people believe, and the data shows, that when you eliminate the state sales tax during “sales tax holidays” this stimulates a spending frenzy. This is usually only done for a single day or weekend, but now imagine if those weekends were every day?  If every day was busier than Christmas wouldn’t that force retailers and other merchants to hire anyone they could find to staff their businesses?  This would create a fully employed workforce than could in turn spend their wages locally.  This excess spending and hiring would cause a worker shortage, which would put upward pressure on wages and encourage folks to relocate here for jobs, further adding to our local economy, our real-estate markets . . . our everything really.

Now for those of you who like to eliminate taxes, I have something for you too!  My plan involves phasing out the income tax for people making less than 50k a year for a family of 4.  But I’m not done yet.  Instead of providing tax credits to every industry under the sun, such as bottlers, oil and gas explorers, movie makers and chicken  pluckers, we can offer a tax credit of say 1500 to 2500 per Louisiana resident employed.  This could supplant all the tax credits we currently give to businesses and apply to all businesses regardless of how large their campaign contributions are or how well placed their lobbyists.  While the increased sales tax will hurt new businesses immediately, the sales tax cut and tax credit will help them all immediately and put them on a competitive footing with the larger operators and industries.

I could go on. (I jotted down like 20 – or 30 points like this off the top of my head.) So can we please stop hearing about Bobby Jindal as a serious Presidential candidate? He has as much chance as getting elected president as a gerbil getting elected in Iceland. Strike that, like half that chance (Icelanders as pretty weird.)

Like Bobby Jindal always says, “he’s got the job he wants.”

He’s just not very good at it.

New Orleans SPS score release reveals 69% of students now attend “failing schools” according to Bobby Jindal (compared to 62% in 2005)

New Orleans SPS score release reveals 69% of students now attend “failing schools” according to Bobby Jindal (compared to 62% in 2005)

Some of you may have seen reports in the Picayune or from Leslie Jacob’s “Educate Now” organization touting an educational resurgence taking place in New Orleans. One of the claims is that only 5% of students are now in “failing” schools. I’ve had a little time to look at her stats and the reporting put out by the State and thought I’d make my own fancy graphs and charts and point out some glaring logic flaws, but instead I decided to just look at the raw numbers. I will publish my data for you to critique. I don’t have access to all the data, but that Leslie Jacobs can get with her friendly relationship with John White and LDOE, but I can still deduce a few things, and I have been accumulating files from folks who had older reports, that LDOE removed from their website, archived on their local machines.

Let’s examine one of Leslie’s claims before showing you what I’ve found:

Claim: Only 5% of students now attend a failing school – down from 62% in 2005.

Only 5% of students now attend a failing school – down from 62% in 2005.  In 2004-05, 78 public schools in New Orleans, enrolling over 38,000 students, were failing. Today, only 9 schools in the city, enrolling 2,481 students, are failing.*

As evidence for this claim Leslie uses enrollment from 2013-2014 for school still open. However the test scores and grad numbers come from the previous school year, 2012-2013. She uses the 2004-2005 enrollment figures for the 2005 SPS score comparisons so it is clear this is not a simple “oversight” but an intentional misrepresentation. Much of the press release is filled with accurate numbers but interpreted creatively. If we planning on using the enrollment of the year the scores are released, the 2005 SPS scores would have related to a total enrollment of just 5800 students.

For instance, Educate Now assumes ever school without a score is a non-failed school by definition. It’s not really clear why many of the schools without scores or grades were given passes this year. The explanation in the footnote is not sufficient to explain why so many schools that had students on October 1 of 2012 did not take tests or have test results reported for tests given in April of 2013. I have chosen not to automatically assume these charters are “passing” and have assigned them failing grades, which for all we know they may very well be. It is absolutely certain we cannot claim they are passing schools as the press release claims and they may very well be failing schools. Only LDOE knows, and for some reason they are not telling, which I find telling. When I add those schools into the failing category, use the apples to apples test scores of last year, include the proper enrollment from 2012-2013 to make an “apples to apples” enrollment comparison, and include schools that were closed for sucking I get a more modest 22% enrollment of potentially failing schools. When I add in schools graded D or F I get close to 52% of the students in inadequate schools. As Leslie points out in her own release, we did not have an A –F scale in 2005, so she made an assuming about what would have been assigned an “F”/”Failing” grade. Since Bobby Jindal and John White see schools graded “C” and below as inadequate enough to warrant giving parents school choice, the actual failing percentage by the metric LDOE uses for granting parents a school choice option, the actual substandard percentage rises to 69% now compared to 62% in 2005. Who am I to argue with what they themselves have already defined as the failure of our public school systems to provide an adequate education?

White said the 2013 scores for voucher students were low because of the large influx of students from failing schools. The voucher program, officially called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, started in New Orleans in 2008 and expanded statewide just this school year. It is open to low-income students who are either entering kindergarten or who have been attending a public school graded C, D or F. This year, 61 percent of test-takers were in their first year at their voucher school.

Oct 1 Enroll TrueGrade %
7786 A 18%
5502 B 13%
7452 C 17%
12992 D 30%
9664 F 22%
43396    

(*Note: unnecessary bright colors to make chart easy for parents to understand.*)

Bobby Jindal has openly called C schools “failing schools” as recently as 5 days ago when defending his voucher program from federal oversight.

“The Obama administration wants to deny a voice to the very people who will be harmed by this ridiculous lawsuit,” Jindal said in a statement, accusing the department of “trying to muzzle parents who simply want to express an opinion about why their children should have the opportunity to escape failing schools.”

Vouchers, officially called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, let low-income children who are new to the public school system or who attend C-, D- or F-schools attend participating private schools at taxpayer expense.

But just for argument’s sake, let’s see what Leslie is calling a New Orleans non-failing school, shall we?

Here is an easy to read school report card. I know it’s easy to read and “parent friendly” because this seizure inducing message on the official LDOE website tells me so.  Like all parents, I find I can only understand things easily if you dress them up in as many bright, clashing colors as possible.

Wow this is easy!

A “C” average New Orleans elementary school gets something magical, called bonus points. Apparently 43% of their students score below basic on standardized tests compared to a statewide average of 32%. Frankly I’d call that above average (underachievement), but obviously I’m not a LDOE mathematician, just a parent.  Best to stop looking at numbers and focus on the fact my F was curved (altered) to a “C” and that this mess is displayed in an almost unreadable sickly green.

Apparently non-failing high schools in New Orleans get bonus points too! A non-failing high school (in New Orleans) has almost 13% of their students getting a “Good” or better! That is good! (the LDOE geniuses obviously failed basic math and think putting <5% hides the fact only 1% is left when you add the other 99% together. ) Of course the state average is 59%, but who’s counting right? It’s the arbitrarily calculated “passing D” (after New Orleans bonus points) that matters, right?

I’m just a simple parent, so obviously I need lots of unreadable bright color, but I wonder how this school manages to swing a 74% graduation rate when 60% of their students are scoring in the lowest possible category on the very state tests needed to graduate? I know those graduation counts factor into the SPS scores, and graduating is good an all, but I do have to wonder at the quality of the diplomas being issued. . .

We have incentivized schools to churn out graduates, and their very existence depends on pushing out as many of those as they can manage. Do you think some of them might be graduating students who simply attend 4 years?  I wonder if John White and BESE removing the GEE (graduate exit exam) has something to do with this impressive grad rate coupled with a dismal set of performance scores?

Here’s my data in case you were curious how I came to my conclusions. (I had to look up every single fricken school individually to determine its physical address since LDOE did not include a Parish code, so I hope you appreciate the work I put in on this.) There’s only so much LDOE can reveal before the cracks begin to show. There is a reason they are hiding historical info and source info, folks. Fortunately they don’t have a clue what most of the data means so they accidentally release more than they intend to.

Enrollment
SiteCode

SiteName

Total

TrueGrade

oldgrade

newgrade

NO

oldSPS

newSPS

036005 Audubon Charter School

808

A A A Y

127

106

036011 Mary Bethune Elementary Literature/Technology

380

B B B Y

107

88

036013 Einstein Charter School

475

B B B Y

106

95

036035 Warren Easton Senior High School

929

A A B Y

139

95

036043 Benjamin Franklin High School

794

A A A Y

197

138

036056 Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School

681

B B B Y

114

94

036060 Edward Hynes Charter School

636

A A A Y

124

107

036064 Edna Karr High School

974

A A B Y

129

94

036079 Lusher Charter School

1,697

A A A Y

172

133

036088 McDonogh #35 College Preparatory School

855

C C C Y

100

84

036089 Mahalia Jackson Elementary School

109

B B B Y

107

88

036096 Eleanor McMain Secondary School

766

B B B Y

118

94

036132 Youth Study Center

34

F Y
036149 Robert Russa Moton Charter School

346

D D D Y

89

62

036158 Lake Forest Elementary Charter School

500

A A A Y

152

125

036161 Benjamin Franklin Elem. Math and Science

698

B B B Y

108

96

036163 New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics HS

369

B B C Y

118

85

036186 McDonogh 35 Career Academy

94

C C D Y

91

64

036187 ENCORE Academy

190

D D D Y

88

65

300001 Pierre A. Capdau Learning Academy

401

F F F Y

74

49

300002 Nelson Elementary School

501

C C C Y

95

80

300003 Lake Area New Tech Early College High School

657

C C C Y

102

74

300004 Gentilly Terrace Elementary School

456

D D C Y

86

74

331001 International School of Louisiana

743

A A A Y

124

105

334001 New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

119

A A A Y

161

115

339001 Milestone SABIS Academy of New Orleans

419

D D D Y

83

63

344001 International High School of New Orleans

418

C C D Y

102

67

347001 Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans

341

F Y
348001 New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy

219

A A B Y

130

85

360001 The NET Charter High School

150

F F F Y

40

9

361001 Crescent Leadership Academy

159

F T T Y

36

25

362001 John McDonogh High School

389

F T T Y

30

9

363001 Harriet Tubman Charter School

520

D T T Y

82

73

364001 Fannie C. Williams Charter School

550

D T T Y

86

76

366001 Lagniappe Academy of New Orleans

131

C C B Y

95

85

367001 Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy

373

D D D Y

76

64

368001 Morris Jeff Community School

310

C C C Y

101

84

369001 Batiste Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak Elem

678

F F D Y

61

60

369002 SciTech Academy at Laurel Elementary

694

F F C Y

72

75

369003 Reed Elementary School

690

D T T Y

74

64

369004 ReNEW Accelerated High School, City Park Campus

191

F F F Y

22

5

369005 ReNEW Accelerated High School, West Bank Campus

178

F F F Y

17

2

373001 Arise Academy

387

D D C Y

77

72

374001 Success Preparatory Academy

410

D D C Y

86

80

375001 Benjamin E. Mays Preparatory School

361

F Y
376001 Pride College Preparatory Academy

323

F Y
379001 Crocker Arts and Technology School

279

F Y
380001 The Intercultural Charter School

385

F Y
381001 Akili Academy of New Orleans

385

D D C Y

86

72

382001 Sci Academy

367

A A B Y

129

89

382002 G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy

103

F Y
382003 G. W. Carver Preparatory Academy

110

F Y
384001 Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business

387

F F D Y

67

60

385001 Sylvanie Williams College Prep

358

D D C Y

84

72

385002 Cohen College Prep

502

D D D Y

84

64

388001 Andrew H. Wilson Charter School

616

D D D Y

77

63

390001 James M. Singleton Charter School

645

D D D Y

83

57

391001 Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School for Sci/Tech

760

C C C Y

102

78

391002 Joseph A. Craig Charter School

382

F T T Y

61

50

392001 McDonogh City Park Academy

422

D D C Y

87

78

393001 Lafayette Academy

939

D D C Y

84

80

393002 Esperanza Charter School

460

D D C Y

81

75

393003 McDonogh 42 Charter School

446

F T T Y

55

39

395001 Martin Behrman Elementary School

714

B B B Y

112

92

395002 Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School

603

D D C Y

82

80

395003 William J. Fischer Elementary School

674

D D C Y

80

76

395004 McDonogh #32 Elementary School

438

D D C Y

78

71

395005 O.Perry Walker Senior High School

903

B B B Y

109

86

395007 Algiers Technology Academy

238

D D D Y

82

52

396003 Benjamin Banneker Elementary School

404

F F D Y

62

54

396004 Walter L. Cohen High School

119

F F F Y

50

41

396009 Paul B. Habans Elementary School

354

F Y
396010 Murray Henderson Elementary School

80

F Y
396012 James Weldon Johnson School

282

F Y
396017 Sarah Towles Reed Senior High School

259

F F D Y

51

57

396019 A.P. Tureaud Elementary School

246

D D D Y

89

68

396026 G.W. Carver High School

169

F F D Y

61

63

396029 F.W. Gregory Elementary School

85

F Y
396031 L. B. Landry High School

466

F Y
396034 H.C. Schaumburg Elementary School

564

F Y
396037 Mary D. Coghill Elementary School

597

F Y
396203 Abramson Science and Technology School

294

F Y
397001 Sophie B. Wright Learning Academy

484

C C B Y

101

88

398001 KIPP Believe College Prep (Phillips)

617

C C C Y

100

78

398002 KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts

766

C C B Y

102

90

398003 KIPP Central City Academy

407

B B B Y

108

97

398004 KIPP Central City Primary

513

C C C Y

92

75

398005 KIPP Renaissance High School

380

C C D Y

95

50

398006 KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy

528

D D C Y

79

71

399001 Samuel J. Green Charter School

515

D D C Y

87

78

399002 Arthur Ashe Charter School

490

C C B Y

99

90

399003 Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School

435

D T T Y

86

58

399004 John Dibert Community School

476

C C B Y

92

88

399005 Langston Hughes Charter Academy

647

D D C Y

87

81

School Performance Scores finally out? | Methodical, Musical Mathematician’s Musings

Here is some thoughtful analysis from a local mathematician on the insanity and arbitrariness of LDOE’s latest SPS score release.  I encourage you to read this accounting. 

http://jamescfinney.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/school-performance-scores-finally-out/

I was overwhelmed by the ridiculousness of it but James does a good job dissecting this pig trough of loonacy into its component goofy, icky parts.

SPS scores are largely meaningless but LDOE has gone to great lengths to make them absurdly complicated, while hiding the source data, to help disguise this fact.  Just adding a bunch of random bonus points (which are not in approved policy) is almost unimaginably stupid except that folks seem to have bought into the idea, so its hard to say who is stupider, our reporters who meekly bought into this or our LDOE for sitting on these terrible numbers before simply adding 10 points to them to (make them go up) hoping no one would notice that was bizarre and retarded (sorry, was running out of synonyms for stupid so went with an un-PC one that really might be true in this case.)

In any event, please read James Finney’s post on our latest release if only to reaffirm what you probably already suspect, the SPS  scores are retarded, written and reported by retards, retardedly.

(Figured I’d shoot the moon on offensiveness.  I think it says something I’ve gone this long seeing all the LDOE foolishness and only now had to resort to this. :))

Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness

Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness

The awesomeness found in Newark NJ is the same brand of Awesomeness found in our New Orleans charters like Sci Academy. To keep us from truly how awesome charter schools are, Louisiana hides their data scrupulously and only realeases positive percentage based metrics or meaningless scores chocked full of bonus point goodness (like our latest SPS scores) to delude the easily deluded public. There will be “much rejoicing” in New Orleans, based on completely bogus unverifiable claims. What we can verify is LDOE needed to add random bonus points to keep schools from declining. I suppose its a good thing we don’t actually care about kids, and just what LDOE tells us about our kids. A lot of people make money that way, so that must be good, right?

School Finance 101

Once upon a time, there was this totally awesome charter school in Newark, NJ. It was a charter school so awesome that its leaders and founders and all of their close friends decided they must share their miracle with the world in books on the reasons for their awesomeness, including being driven by data andteaching like a champion!

The school’s break-the-mold – beating the odds – disruptively innovative awesomeness was particularly important during this critical time of utter collapse of the American education system which had undoubtedly been caused by corrupt self-interested public school teachers (& their unions) who had been uniformly ill-trained by antiquated colleges and universities that themselves were corrupt and self-interested and generally in the business of selling worthless graduate degrees.

In fact, the undisputed awesomeness of this North Star Academy could, in theory, provide the foundation for a whole new approach to turning…

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2013 Louisiana School Letter Grades: Recovery School District Gains Nothing

SPS scores are out and they are bogus. I’ve actually heard reports they believe their own lies now and think they are actually helping children. That’s what happens when you completely surround yourself with lies and illusions, you lose the ability to tell the difference.

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On October 23, 2013, John White released the long-awaited, capriciously calculated 2013 Louisiana school performance scores (SPS) and letter grades. In this “official” LDOE graphic, he attempts to sell the public on the “new,” “simpler” SPS/ letter grade formula and “easy to understand scale”, all the while maintaining that this latest attempt to label Louisiana education is “aligned with higher standards to ensure postsecondary success.”  Now, there is no evidence that such a statement has been tested, but this is the era of Untested Yet Boldly Proclaimed Reformer Smoke, so, it must be true.

In well-trained reformer fashion, John White is careful not to openly release any raw data by which third parties might examine formulas and verify calculations. In fact, the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge recently ruled that John White gets to withhold or release LDOE data at will.

Nevertheless, in this 2013 spreadsheet of SPS scores, I found…

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