I have been warning LDOE for years that something fishy is going on with the grad rate across the state. John White, Chas Roemer and Reformers would just have you believe that “raising the bar” and having “higher expectations” for students is the only thing that Louisiana lacks. They ignore decades of history and Louisiana’s extreme poverty as contributing factors. It’s no coincidence that those who tell poor people poverty is not a factor that impacts academic success come from the most affluent segments of our society. Both Chas Roemer and John White attended some of the most prestigious and expensive private schools in the country and have parents with long entries in Wikipedia. Just average folks, like you and me, ya know? These folks tell us all we need to do is raise our standards, our benchmarks, and “Believe”.

When you operate this way in good faith (let’s pretend that’s what they are doing) you might really think you are making a difference, that only belief and high expectations is all that are needed to overcome poverty, abuse, neglect, dilapidated buildings, disparate funding, corruption, waste, fraud and disabilities. You might ignore facts that deflate the bubble of belief you’ve surrounded yourself in. You might surround yourself with only facts and people that confirm your beliefs. This is a great psychological device taught to people fighting periodic or clinical depression, but it’s a terrible idea to operate this way when you are in a position of supervising policy, especially policy you’ve defined and are called upon to defend. This is the only explanation I have for why LDOE released some figures that show just how abysmally they have been running RSD and our education system into the ground. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for this lapse that led to some real data being released that verifies what I have been saying for years, but it’s really the only explanation I can come up with for why they released it and didn’t notice the full implications of the data they claim drives so many of their decisions.


http://www.louisianabelieves.com/newsroom/news-releases/2014/07/11/louisiana-cohort-graduation-rate-continues-to-increase
http://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/data-management/final-exit-code-pre-reviews.pdf?sfvrsn=2

You see, under Paul Pastorek, Louisiana’s first Reformer de jour of a few years back, Louisiana stopped investigating and auditing data . . . especially data coming from charter schools and RSD. At the department we knew full well that the data was both crappy in quality and dreadful in composition. Incidentally Paul Pastorek is back in Louisiana to start a new education endeavor. At the Department we knew him as Little PP (he’s like 5 feet tall) to Paul Vallas’s Big P (Vallas is 6’5″) or sometimes as LDOE’s Napoleon due to his small stature and imperious nature.

Paul preparing to command his TFA minions into battle with the “Status Quo”

I prefer to think of Paul as “Yosemite Paul” due to his infamous first rallying speech to the department, where he told us that solve Louisiana’s education problems we need to shoot fast and first, without aiming because:

  • we didn’t have the time to waste readying and aiming our Reform guns to fix what ailed our state
  • and because they had no clue to do and still don’t but Reformers always like to be seen doing something.

Former Superintendent of Louisiana and Chief of Change, Paul Pastorek, getting ready to Reform this mofo. BAM!

When Bobby Jindal met John White I’m told Jindal thought he would have a more pliable and less volatile and willful minion than Paul Pastorek and almost immediately gave PP his walking papers. Fortunately PP went to school with Sean O’Keefe who is the current CEO of Airbus (they went to school together) and Paul was able to land on his feet as a useless random lawyer at EADS, a subsidiary of a European aerospace company.

So what does all this have to with dropouts you might ask? Well Paul had stopped auditing data during his tenure and he left under less than friendly terms. It’s quite likely he did not reveal all the skeletons shoved into LDOE closets. It appears that John White and his staff unwittingly stumbled across a walk-in closet loaded with them. I’ve tried to show what was in these closets over the years with these posts:

Here is one of my posts from September of 2012
https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/louisianas-dropout-numbers-dont-add-up/
one from January 2013
https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/new-orleans-graduate-rate-miracle-or-make-believe/
And in this post I express my doubts you will ever get these reports, or many others, working again. . .

https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/the-untold-data-crises-at-ldoe/
or this old nugget I wrote in March 2012 right after I left the department in February 2012.
https://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/louisianas-lack-of-an-accountability-system/

Recently LDOE did a partial audit of exit codes. In particular they were looking at some of the codes often used to hide “dropouts.” In practical terms, a student that does not graduate and stops going to school is a dropout. However, if the student, let’s say, transfers out of state, to a non-public school, goes the homeschool route, or dies. . .well we can’t really hold that school or any school we collect data on responsible for that, can we?

Exit codes were designed for schools to tell the state one of these situations has taken place. When this happens legitimately and is reported to the state in the form of an exit code, the state would no longer keep that student in the numerator or denominator. They are not a dropout. They are also not a graduate. They are a “legitimate leaver” in education parlance. When these legitimate leaver situations take place, records and documentation should take place. When a student transfers to a non-public school or homeschool the parents should fill out some withdrawal papers and the non-public school should make a “request for records.” Homeschooled students and parents also generate subsequent records, and students are required to take tests and provide updates about students’ progress. When a student transfers out of state the “receiving school” should have a record of the student, and that receiving school should make a request for records. These items go in students’ permanent files . . . if those documents are indeed generated, and really exist.

What often happens is this does not take place. What often happens is schools will “fix” their dropouts by simply coding all their dropouts as transferring out of state. They don’t graduate, although some districts simply code students with a graduate code too which really helps them out, but they don’t count against schools. Schools wanting to improve their images or escape accountability sanctions can freely “up code” their students from dropout to even graduates if they really want too, although the most common practice is to simply code them as “transferring out of state.” Historically this wasn’t a major issue, but as accountability has become more important, and as graduate cohort and dropout rates have become factored into as much as 25% of a school’s SPS score the incentive for up coding is enormous, the risk of getting caught or sanctioned very low, and this solution is easy breezy to do with plenty of people along the way able to claim ignorance and protected by plausible deniability if they ever do get caught.

What has happened to Louisiana and especially in RSD and probably charter schools and probably some traditional schools is that more and more schools have discovered the up coding secret and have used it to their advantage more and more every year. John White and LDOE made the mistake of actually doing a preliminary audit of these numbers and publishing them. Their “Reforms” are failures and their success is built upon lies. One of the metrics used to annually evaluate John White is the graduation cohort rate. Once LDOE realized just how bad this audit was his folks knew better than to turn over any more stones. But enough teasing, just how bad was it do you ask?

Try a 100% failure rate for RSD on for size.

I’m not kidding.

I think LDOE really felt all they needed to do was make the point that all direct run RSD schools will be closed this school year so it would finally be okay to release this type of info. Like, “hey, we know this is bad but we’ve released this report after closing them so there’s really nothing anyone can do and you should not waste your time worrying about them anymore.”

Believe me, this is not a one off, this is what all RSD info and stats look like when not masked or filtered. You might think hiding 14 dropout students is not a big deal, and you’re right in a sense. Of course LDOE should consider all students important, but RSD served thousands of students a year. . .what’s 14 out of 1400? The problem is this is just a very small sample that encountered 100% error rate. This is a small fraction of how many student RSD coded as transferring out of state without any documentation from this cohort. What’s more, this was done to make themselves look better than they were for many years, every year they were in existence, and they were always just about the worst in the state even with this help and the numerous instances of cheating I’ve gotten reports of and written about. Feel free to search my blog for examples.

So when I saw this report I asked LDOE if they wouldn’t mind giving me the schools behind these numbers, and the totals behind these partial audits. Much to my surprise they complied with my request. I still think they had no idea just how bad this info was. “Group Think” I suppose. They are victims of their own PR BS, and everyone left at the department is either a yes-man or knows better than to tell them they are wrong.

Here is the first report I received: Note: the obvious lack of charter schools on it. They were not audited (or even considered for auditing apparently.)

Data Notes: This report is for the May 2013 graduation cohort. Transfers out-of-state/country (exit code 10), transfers to private school (exit code 14), and transfers to home study (exit code 16) were included in the “legitimate leaver” review.
LEA

Site code

Site name

Total Verified

Total Legitimate Leaver Exit Codes Reviewed (Codes 10, 14, 16)

001 001007 Crowley High School

3

5

001 001021 Rayne High School

2

2

002 002001 Elizabeth High School

1

1

002 002004 Kinder High School

3

3

002 002006 Oakdale High School

6

8

003 003016 Dutchtown High School

11

12

004 004001 Assumption High School

2

2

006 006004 East Beauregard High School

2

3

006 006008 Merryville High School

3

4

006 006010 Singer High School

0

1

008 008001 Airline High School

8

11

008 008020 Parkway High School

7

10

009 009008 C.E. Byrd High School

6

9

009 009013 Captain Shreve High School

12

12

009 009025 Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy

0

3

010 010003 Alfred M. Barbe High School

14

15

010 010025 Sam Houston High School

4

4

010 010033 LaGrange High School

0

2

010 010052 Sulphur High School

16

21

010 010058 Washington/Marion Magnet High School

0

7

011 011001 Caldwell Parish High School

8

9

014 014009 Junction City High School

1

1

016 016008 Pelican All Saints High School

2

2

017 017010 Belaire High School

0

7

017 017088 Tara High School

1

6

017 017102 Woodlawn High School

5

9

019 019014 East Feliciana High School

1

2

022 022004 Georgetown High School

1

1

026 026010 Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School

2

7

026 026023 John Ehret High School

0

5

026 026051 Grace King High School

6

14

027 027006 Jennings High School

8

8

028 028002 Acadiana High School

4

9

028 028011 O. Comeaux High School

6

8

028 028019 Lafayette High School

8

11

029 029003 Central Lafourche High School

4

6

029 029026 South Lafourche High School

2

5

029 029029 Thibodaux High School

6

6

030 030006 LaSalle High School

3

4

031 031003 Choudrant High School

2

2

032 032024 Walker High School

6

8

032 032025 Walker Freshman High School

3

4

032 032042 Denham Springs Freshman High School

4

4

037 037036 West Monroe High School

8

11

040 040048 Tioga High School

4

6

049 049051 North Central High School

2

2

049 049052 Beau Chene High School

3

5

052 052013 Covington High School

3

8

052 052026 Mandeville High School

11

15

052 052035 Salmen High School

10

13

052 052037 Slidell High School

6

10

055 055015 Evergreen Junior High School

1

2

055 055020 Houma Junior High School

1

2

057 057001 Abbeville High School

10

10

057 057013 Kaplan High School

5

7

058 058006 Leesville High School

17

19

058 058009 Pickering High School

3

7

058 058012 Rosepine High School

3

4

060 060012 Minden High School

4

6

062 062001 Epps High School

2

3

064 064002 Calvin High School

2

2

067 067004 Zachary High School

6

6

069 069004 Central High School

3

7

318 318001 LSU Laboratory School

3

3

319 319001 Southern University Lab School

0

2

396 396004 Walter L. Cohen High School

0

2

396 396017 Sarah Towles Reed Senior High School

0

5

396 396026 G.W. Carver High School

0

4

396 396031 L. B. Landry High School

0

3

396 Is the LEA code for RSD New Orleans. This report shows the school LDOE audited were Cohen, Reed, Carver and Landry. They only asked for samples of 14 students at random and none of these students had any documentation to back up the transfer out of state. If you are curious about other districts and schools you can see their counts here. Some districts will legitimately have more transfers, like Leesville in Vernon Parish, which has Fort Polk. Some of these counts are dependent upon geography as well (Parishes bordering Arkansas and Texas have higher transfer rates, but not as many kids on the eastern part of the state like to move to Mississippi, the only state poorer than us. Go figure? However Orleans Parish had proper, code 036, had only around 30 transfers in the same exact geographic area. They don’t even show up on this report because the numbers are so low. I know this because I asked for the complete report of transfers, and I got that too! (At that point they cut me off realizing from my line of questioning how terrible the picture was that was developing.) I got my initial reports in a few days, and it’s been over a month since I’ve received any updates for my other inquiries. I was told those requests were sent to the “appropriate areas”, but I expect they will stay there until we get a Regime change at LDOE, BESE or the Governor’s office. Let me give you the second report so those who like to do their own analysis can do their own and confirm my findings if they choose.

The Louisiana Department of Education has modified and/or suppressed data reported to protect the privacy of students in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) codified at 20 U.S.C. 1232g. The strategies used to protect privacy vary and may include rounding or other techniques but do not substantially affect the general usefulness of the data. Because of the privacy protections, numerical and percentage totals may not add precisely to the sum of the row or column to which the total refers.
Data Notes: This report is from preliminary data, prior to data certification, for the May 2013 graduation cohort. All cells indicate a count/raw number of exit codes. Schools without transfers out-of-state/country (exit code 10), transfers to private school (exit code 14), and transfers to home study (exit code 16) were not included. Closed schools are included if they had legitimate leaver codes.
Site code

Site name

Exit Code 10 (Out-of-State/Country)

Exit Code 14 (Private School)

Exit Code 16 (Home Study)

Statewide Louisiana

4410

1042

1494

001005 Church Point High School

<10

<10

11

001007 Crowley High School

15

<10

22

001017 Midland High School

<10

<10

<10

001021 Rayne High School

12

<10

17

001034 Iota High School

<10

<10

<10

002001 Elizabeth High School

<10

<10

<10

002002 Fairview High School

<10

<10

<10

002004 Kinder High School

<10

13

<10

002006 Oakdale High School

<10

<10

16

002009 Oberlin High School

<10

<10

<10

002010 Reeves High School

<10

<10

<10

002014 Elizabeth High School

<10

<10

<10

003003 Donaldsonville High School

11

<10

<10

003005 East Ascension High School

32

<10

<10

003014 St. Amant High School

31

<10

<10

003016 Dutchtown High School

38

16

<10

003025 Ascension Parish Alternative School

<10

<10

<10

004001 Assumption High School

<10

<10

15

005004 Bunkie New Tech High School

11

<10

<10

005016 Marksville High School

16

<10

<10

005018 Avoyelles High School

<10

<10

<10

005025 LA School for Ag Science

<10

<10

<10

006002 DeRidder High School

38

<10

12

006004 East Beauregard High School

<10

<10

11

006008 Merryville High School

<10

<10

<10

006010 Singer High School

<10

<10

<10

006011 South Beauregard High School

<10

<10

13

006021 Beauregard Alternative School

<10

<10

<10

007001 Arcadia High School

<10

<10

<10

007002 Bienville High School

<10

<10

<10

007003 Castor High School

<10

<10

<10

007006 Gibsland-Coleman High School

<10

<10

<10

007008 Ringgold High School

<10

<10

<10

007009 Saline High School

<10

<10

<10

008001 Airline High School

83

<10

<10

008006 Benton High School

20

<10

<10

008009 Bossier High School

30

<10

<10

008017 Haughton High School

39

<10

<10

008020 Parkway High School

45

<10

<10

008022 LA New Tech at Plain Dealing

<10

<10

<10

008035 Butler Educational Complex

<10

<10

<10

008037 Charlotte Ann Mitchell Educational Center

<10

<10

<10

009008 C.E. Byrd High School

60

<10

<10

009012 Caddo Parish Magnet High School

23

<10

<10

009013 Captain Shreve High School

50

16

<10

009022 Fair Park College Preparatory Academy

14

<10

<10

009025 Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy

25

<10

<10

009031 Huntington High School

29

<10

<10

009042 North Caddo High School

17

<10

<10

009045 Northwood High School

15

<10

<10

009059 Southwood High School

26

<10

<10

009069 Booker T. Washington New Technology High School

16

<10

<10

009073 Woodlawn Leadership Academy

18

<10

<10

009076 Hamilton Terrace Learning Center

<10

<10

<10

009093 Shreveport Job Corps Opportunity Center

<10

<10

<10

009095 Hosston Alternative School

<10

<10

<10

009100 Academic Recovery and Career Discovery Center

<10

<10

<10

010003 Alfred M. Barbe High School

40

31

14

010004 Bell City High School

<10

<10

<10

010014 DeQuincy High School

<10

10

<10

010025 Sam Houston High School

14

23

10

010026 Iowa High School

<10

<10

<10

010033 LaGrange High School

29

18

10

010051 Starks High School

<10

<10

<10

010052 Sulphur High School

37

71

47

010056 Vinton High School

10

13

<10

010058 Washington/Marion Magnet High School

17

21

<10

010064 Westlake High School

11

<10

<10

010072 Calcasieu Parish Alternative School

<10

<10

<10

011001 Caldwell Parish High School

<10

<10

19

012003 Grand Lake High School

<10

<10

<10

012004 Hackberry High School

<10

<10

<10

012007 South Cameron High School

<10

<10

<10

013001 Block High School

<10

<10

<10

013005 Harrisonburg High School

<10

<10

<10

013011 Sicily Island High School

<10

<10

<10

013013 ASPIRE

<10

<10

<10

014002 Athens High School

<10

<10

<10

014004 Haynesville Jr./Sr. High School

<10

<10

<10

014007 Homer High School

13

<10

<10

014009 Junction City High School

<10

<10

<10

014011 Summerfield High School

<10

<10

<10

015002 Ferriday High School

<10

<10

<10

015006 Monterey High School

<10

<10

<10

015008 Vidalia High School

24

<10

<10

015014 Concordia Education Center

<10

<10

<10

016004 Logansport High School

<10

<10

<10

016007 Mansfield High School

<10

<10

<10

016008 Pelican All Saints High School

<10

<10

<10

016010 Stanley High School

<10

<10

<10

016012 North DeSoto High School

10

<10

<10

016022 DeSoto Career Academy

<10

<10

<10

017008 Baton Rouge Magnet High School

14

<10

<10

017010 Belaire High School

31

<10

<10

017016 Broadmoor Senior High School

25

<10

<10

017038 Glen Oaks Senior High School

<10

<10

<10

017045 Istrouma Senior High School

<10

<10

<10

017056 McKinley Senior High School

22

<10

<10

017063 Northdale Superintendent’s Academy

<10

<10

<10

017065 Northeast High School

<10

<10

<10

017079 Scotlandville Magnet High School

<10

<10

<10

017088 Tara High School

39

11

<10

017092 EBR Readiness Superintendent Academy

<10

<10

<10

017102 Woodlawn High School

47

19

12

017127 East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy

<10

<10

<10

017129 EBR Acceleration Academy

<10

<10

<10

018002 General Trass High School

20

<10

<10

019013 East Feliciana Parish Enrichment Academy

<10

<10

<10

019014 East Feliciana High School

<10

<10

<10

020001 Basile High School

<10

<10

<10

020008 Mamou High School

<10

<10

<10

020010 Pine Prairie High School

<10

<10

<10

020014 Ville Platte High School

<10

<10

<10

020018 Evangeline Central School

<10

<10

<10

021007 Franklin Parish High School

17

<10

<10

021025 Horace G. White Sr. Learning Center

<10

<10

<10

022004 Georgetown High School

<10

<10

<10

022005 Grant High School

15

<10

<10

022006 Montgomery High School

<10

<10

<10

022011 Grant Academy

<10

<10

<10

023007 Delcambre High School

<10

<10

<10

023015 Jeanerette Senior High School

<10

<10

<10

023020 Loreauville High School

<10

<10

<10

023022 Westgate High School

24

<10

<10

023024 New Iberia Senior High School

30

<10

14

023037 Alternative Center for Education

<10

<10

<10

024010 Plaquemine Senior High School

14

<10

<10

024017 White Castle High School

<10

<10

<10

024025 East Iberville Elementary/High School

<10

<10

<10

024026 Iberville Parish Optional Education Center

<10

<10

<10

025005 Jonesboro-Hodge High School

<10

<10

<10

025007 Quitman High School

<10

<10

<10

025010 Weston High School

<10

<10

<10

026010 Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School

52

<10

<10

026017 Helen Cox High School

24

<10

<10

026022 East Jefferson High School

26

<10

<10

026023 John Ehret High School

42

<10

<10

026029 Fisher Middle/High School

<10

<10

<10

026031 Grand Isle High School

<10

<10

<10

026042 Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies

<10

<10

<10

026045 L.W. Higgins High School

36

<10

<10

026051 Grace King High School

72

<10

<10

026068 Riverdale High School

21

<10

<10

026080 West Jefferson High School

33

<10

<10

026107 Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies

<10

<10

<10

026119 Martyn Academy for Career Preparation

<10

<10

<10

026120 Douglass Academy for Career Preparation

<10

<10

<10

026123 Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy

<10

<10

<10

027001 Elton High School

<10

<10

<10

027004 Hathaway High School

<10

<10

<10

027006 Jennings High School

10

<10

28

027010 Lacassine High School

<10

<10

<10

027012 Lake Arthur High School

<10

<10

<10

027014 Welsh High School

<10

<10

<10

028002 Acadiana High School

26

<10

17

028010 Carencro High School

20

<10

<10

028011 O. Comeaux High School

52

13

<10

028019 Lafayette High School

45

<10

<10

028027 Northside High School

<10

<10

<10

028046 Lafayette Charter High School

<10

<10

<10

028053 Early College Academy

<10

<10

<10

029003 Central Lafourche High School

15

<10

29

029026 South Lafourche High School

12

12

15

029029 Thibodaux High School

20

<10

24

029040 Virtual Academy of Lafourche

<10

<10

<10

030004 Jena High School

<10

<10

10

030006 LaSalle High School

<10

<10

<10

031003 Choudrant High School

<10

<10

10

031005 Dubach School

<10

<10

<10

031013 Ruston High School

23

<10

<10

031014 Simsboro High School

<10

<10

<10

031021 Lincoln Parish Career Academy

<10

<10

<10

032002 Albany High School

<10

<10

<10

032005 Denham Springs High School

26

<10

13

032008 Doyle High School

<10

<10

<10

032009 French Settlement High School

<10

<10

<10

032012 Holden High School

<10

<10

<10

032014 Live Oak High School

15

<10

11

032016 Pine Ridge School

<10

<10

<10

032017 Maurepas School

<10

<10

<10

032023 Springfield High School

<10

<10

<10

032024 Walker High School

21

<10

37

032025 Walker Freshman High School

<10

<10

<10

032042 Denham Springs Freshman High School

18

<10

<10

033002 Madison High School

14

<10

<10

034002 Bastrop High School

27

<10

<10

034022 Career Center

<10

<10

10

035009 Natchitoches Central High School

30

<10

<10

035026 Lakeview Junior & Senior High School

<10

<10

<10

035030 Frankie Ray Jackson Sr. Technical Center

<10

<10

<10

035032 Lakeview Annex

<10

<10

<10

036035 Warren Easton Senior High School

<10

<10

<10

036043 Benjamin Franklin High School

12

<10

<10

036064 Edna Karr High School

<10

<10

<10

036073 Priestley School of Architecture/Construction

<10

<10

<10

036079 Lusher Charter School

<10

<10

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What this report shows is that out of about 1400 cohort members for the graduation class of 2012 (the 2012 cohort is basically composed of all students that entered in 9th grade in 2009, 10th grade in 2010, 11th in 2011 or 12th grade in 2012 – minus legitimate leavers from the cohort), at a minimum 29+49+39+12+25+20 or a minimum of 174 students or 12.5% of the entire cohort and a maximum of around 210 or 15% of the entire cohort. What would this mean in practical terms? Try lowering the RSD’s grad rate to by far the lowest in the state.

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/education/9697755-171/new-orleans-area-high-schools

Did the rate really dip in 2013, or did RSD just cheat less?

According to my figures their rate should have been closer to about 52% when correcting for invalid and undocumented exit codes or approximately 20% below the statewide graduation rate.

Wow.

If the cheating stayed the same (which is almost would have had to since this takes place over 4 years and can’t be stopped in just one) the graduation rate for RSD in New Orleans could be as low as 45% or probably the worst in the nation. What’s more is this is only half of the story, but I will have to document the rest in future posts . . . but it’s bad. Really bad. When I realized just how messed up this situation was, I admit I lost it when I was communicating with the department. I demanded they tell me what they were doing to find these kids, to help them, why they didn’t audit the rest of these numbers. I talked to Darryl Purpera, the legislative auditor, to notify him of this situation, and found myself withdrawing and recoiling in horror. My background is in accounting and auditing, and Darryl and I both know what it means when you do an audit and find 100% failure rate, and then don’t increase your sample size. You already know the answer and don’t want to confirm it.

I found myself paralyzed for a while with a little self-loathing for not doing more to help these kids sooner. . . hundreds, perhaps thousands of kids, discarded like some much garbage, and masked by a few unaudited pieces of data. I hoped I was wrong, that LDOE would tell me they were sorry and actively trying to contact these kids and families to find out what happened. I was hoping a new report would be forthcoming and prayed that it would, but it has not. I sent another entreaty to LDOE earlier this week to please give me something, because this is so horrible. I told them what I would be writing if they didn’t give me something to mitigate my report. . .but still nothing. And this is only the half of it. The situation could be much worse.

What’s more, LDOE did not even bother to audit John McDonogh even though they had 49 students exited form the cohort has transferring out of state, or roughly 50% of their cohort for that year. The newspapers reported a high graduate rate for John McDonogh before they were handed over to Steve Barr and Future Is Now, but before that charter operator failed them, they were massively failed for years by RSD, and they can’t or won’t even try to find out how bad that situation is. The community is asking that John McDonogh be given back to the Orleans Parish school system which boasts an 89% graduation rate, one of the highest in the State, and virtually no students transferring out of state (let alone fictitiously doing so.)

RSD has failed. They have failed worse than we may ever know, but so much worse than has ever been reported to date. The charters schools in Orleans are mostly D and F schools, and are not being audited or properly overseen by the state. There is no credible reason not to return John McDonogh back to the community. RSD turned this school into the worst school in the country, many times over and in worse ways than we will ever fully know. RSD has closed, but their undue, undemocratic dictatorial influence carries on.

And let me explain something else. LDOE adjusted cohort counts for students found to be undocumented in the audit. They did not adjust dropout figures and have no intention of doing so.

Jason –

 The review was about verifying that legitimate leaver codes were used and to determine if the necessary supporting documentation was maintained. For the 2014 cohort, all LEAs will be reviewed on legitimate leaver codes. This review was not about dropout rates.

LDOE will not do a full audit for the 2013 graduate counts. The first full audit won’t be done until 2014, long after RSD is closed and basically unauditable because they will have no school personnel and no records to review. But this is only a portion of the story, which has statewide implications. What I want you to carry away from this article is that RSD was not just a failure, that should never been touted as a success or duplicated, but that Louisiana’s graduate and dropout numbers are inflated and deflated respectively. I will show how in a more complex post than this one. I also want those debating the future of John McDonogh to understand this school must be given back to the New Orleans community. RSD is a fraudulent and irresponsible organization that discards children with arcane data and incompetence. They are closed but they are not without influence. I have asked RSD and LDOE a half dozen times over the last month what they plan to do about the hundreds of discarded children, fraudulently coded as transfers out of state, and they have refused to answer.

I would like to know the department’s reasoning for not investigating more fully the most extreme offenders. ..not just in RSD but Calcasieu,  EBR, Jefferson, Monroe and so forth.  Especially when you get such high error rates, like 100% for RSD, you have to be concerned if any of that data is valid, and what actually happened to those kids??  RSD is directly run by LDOE. Those kids disappeared on your watch. Is anyone trying to contact these kids and families to find out what happened?

We know the answer. LDOE and RSD are the least accountable education entities in the state and they must not be entrusted with our children anymore. Disband the RSD and give back John Mac. Anything else is child abuse, and anything less is sanctioning it.

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9 thoughts on “Some Sad truths about RSD’s Grad Rate and Dropout numbers

  1. Just check the number of graduates and the size of the cohorts. Percentages increase when the cohort size drops, when legitimate leavers reduce the denominator. I can’t confirm ALL your details, but the general thrust of this blog is accurate. In 2 audits done by the LDoE many years ago, 25% of the exits couldn’t be confirmed with documentation.

    Good work, sir.

    1. I understand but am trying to keep the specific and precise details to a minimum because I lose people. I released the raw numbers for the numbers folks like you to confirm my “thrust” as it were. 🙂

  2. Well done Jason. I hope this gets the attention it deserves. I think it’s unfortunate people are so desensitized to what this regime has been doing. Nothing seems to shock anymore at least not for long. And the powerful and corrupt who run and own the system in this state always seem to manage to manipulate any situation to their advantage – bad numbers = more need for “reforms” A.K.A. privatization; good numbers = our “reforms” are working so we need more still! RSD failed so… turn em over to charter groups. Charter groups fail so… turn em over to different charter groups. Etc.

  3. Reblogged this on Education Talk New Orleans and commented:
    It’s time for all of us to call on our state legislators and demand fraud audits of every school within the RSD including it’s charters. It’s clear that the Louisiana Department of Education cannot be trusted to audit schools it’s had a direct hand in operating or schools under it’s jurisdiction for oversight as charters. It’s time for this RSD charade to be shut down. Less than 10 of the RSD New Orleans schools are performing above the state average. They took 107 schools from the Orleans Parish School Board almost 10 years ago because they were below the state average. Who holds the RSD accountable for holding onto our schools or giving them to private non profit boards for all this time without getting at least to the state average? The initial RSD legislation for the takeover in 2005 was meant to give the schools back after 5 years assuming they would fix them in 5 years. Instead of giving them back, they gave them away. This is a racket!

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