The Louisiana Eureka Rebellion

The Louisiana Eureka Rebellion

Across the state parents and teachers are confronting their school boards and curriculum leaders with the same universal complaint. Eureka Math sucks. (That seems to be a nearly universally agreed upon fact by most parents not paid by LDOE or financially biased Common Core proponents.) Now however, complaints have shifted from the blindly adopted Common Core “standards” to the precise curriculum used to pound those standards into helpless children.

For those of you wondering how we got here, let me give you some backstory. Common Core was adopted sight unseen by Louisiana’s BESE board in in the summer of 2010 at the urging of US DOE and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan before the standards were even finalized later that Fall. Parents were given no education about these changes and no opportunities to review them, comment on them or reject them. One of the only former teachers on the State’s BESE board actually works for CCSSO, one of the two organizations that created these standards. These “Standards” weren’t finalized when they were adopted so no one could research them or review materials that implemented these changes. It took years for these materials to be developed and presented to the public. When they were, many groups in support of these “standards” told parents it was too late to say anything. They had missed their chance to comment; according to Common Core supporters (when there was nothing concrete to comment on.) In the future I imagine this will ensure parents object to all changes; because they won’t get a chance to comment or modify anything later based on their experiences with the Tyrannical implementation of Common Core.

In 2012 and 2013 LDOE directed LEAs to implement Common Core but without any real support or direction. (It was even theorized this was done on purpose.) This lack of direction in the name of “empowering educators” led to much confusion and poor product selections. One of the worst math products LEAs adopted during this time was a “free” math curriculum called EngageNY (Sometimes parodied as EnrageNY because of the trouble it created for New York school districts when they tried to adopt it in their schools.) To use EngageNY one had to print out everything or use it online (which didn’t help much for completing classroom or homework assignments.) Districts that adopted this last year in Louisiana like East Baton Rouge Parish, had to spend loads of cash – and probably burned through plenty of printers and toners cartridges to implement it – and it was not well received. (I actually wrote a little blog post about one of my daughter’s first grade assignments that, for good or ill, is probably my most popular piece to date.)

The commercial version of EngageNY is known as Eureka. In an attempt to address the concerns brought up by me and countless others about the poor roll-out and implementation of Common Core (I actually theorized this was done intentionally and with forethought in this post.) LDOE offered to review all textbooks for the following school year, and make recommendations, out of the kindness of their hearts. . .and for $500 per subject per grade level for most vendors that I have yet to see an accounting of where that money went. This year I’ve been told most publishers are considering refusing to submit their materials to LDOE because of how they were shafted last year. My understanding is the only Tier 1 selections Eureka for Math and Core Knowledge for ELA were exempted from paying the $500 fee per grade level per subject and these two products are linked to our current Superintendent of Education, John White.

This brings us to where we are today. Despite much ado from Governor Bobby Jindal about removing Common Core – which has turned into what kids are calling “Epic Fails” these days – Louisiana finds itself barreling headlong into a full-blown Common Core bonanza. At the forefront if this bandwagon-train is Eureka Math, the top pick of John White and his Teacher leaders and LDOE designated Louisiana Core Advocates which made up most of the selection committees.

These days the only thing that riles up parents more than Common Core is Eureka Math. School Boards across the state are being hammered by parents underwhelmed by the “rigor” of Eureka and overwhelmed by the typos and pointless exercises. I have reports of nearly armed revolts from parents in some of the largest districts in the state that foolishly “Believed” in John White and his Teacher Beliebers.

Rapides

From a teacher (Crying parents, teachers and kids)

We had an inservice on Eureka Math in Rapides Parish Yesterday (9-29). The teachers had concerns about Eureka, lots of them! We were told by the presenter that they did not want to hear ANY negative comments. There were teachers crying at this meeting. They told us this math was WONDERFUL and that lots of teachers liked it and thought it was great. I really want to see these teachers because I don’t believe they exist. It is like a dictatorship in Rapides Parish. I was so shocked and disgusted that they wouldn’t let us speak that when I left the meeting I called our local news channel and told them about it. I was afraid to give my name, so I didn’t. They are not listening to us and don’t want to hear us. It is so sad. They also told us that we didn’t have to give the test that come with series. We could give a multiple choice test instead. Doesn’t that defeat the point. If this math is so great, why can’t the students pass the end of the module test? It is because they are not conceptually ready for the concepts. It is also crazy because they want the student to “go around the world” to get an answer to a simple problem. They also told us to look at the end of the module test and only teach the standards that are on the test and to teach them as they are presented on the test. Isn’t that teaching the test? I am beyond shocked. Are teachers in other parishes experiencing this too?

From a parent:

I am a Rapides parish parent. My 6th grader is a Magnet student with an impressive record. He boasts only one “C” on his report card in his entire school career, and a high school reading level. You can imagine our shock that he is currently failing math! And he is not alone. According to an administrator, an estimated 25% of his grade at the magnet school is failing math as well. I am hearing horror stories all over the parish! Kids melting down, crying themselves to sleep, hating school (all of these we have personally experienced). We want this curriculum out of our parish, and a group of us intend to petition the board to do so! Can you please tell me which Tier 2 math curriculum EBR switched to? Also, ANY help you can offer in direction for the upcoming school board meeting would be very appreciated! I would like to contact the media. However, the local station is very biased toward the school board. Any suggestions there would be greatly appreciated as well. The teacher from Rapides parish who commented above is NOT exaggerating! I have spoken with high level district personnel who have told me that the school board has no authority in this. The curriculum was chosen by the Superintendent and assistant superintendents out of the need for our students to “be able to pass the statewide assessment at the end of the year”. The entire demeanor of the Rapides parish administration is that they are in control and we need to sit down and shut up. They obviously don’t know me very well…

 

Calcasieu

 

Over 800 turn out for a town hall to vent their frustrations over Common Core in general and Eureka Math in particular.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/10/05/More-Than-800-Turn-Out-For-Common-Core-Town-Hall-in-Louisiana

Brandi Sharpton, a parent and local high school math teacher, said she has done her best to work with the Common Core standards, but her research and experience tell her she cannot support the initiative. “As an expert in my field and an involved parent, I feel like it’s important for others to hear my opinion,” Sharpton said. “I’m definitely a supporter of raising standards, but raising them this way will only serve to make the gaps bigger and frustration levels higher.”

Sharpton went on to discuss the Eureka Math curriculum, which the Calcasieu Parish School Board adopted this year and the state Department of Education identifies as a superior quality curriculum. She pointed out that, even with a degree in math education, she would spend hours each night trying to determine how to help her second-grade daughter with her math homework.

“My daughter has an excellent teacher and an excellent school, but this curriculum is developmentally inappropriate,” she said. “My child cries almost every night, and I cannot allow this curriculum and these standards to set a negative tone about learning that will affect her for the rest of her life.”

Local fourth-grade teacher Shawna Dufrene agreed with Sharpton. Having taught math for more than ten years, Dufrene said casting Eureka Math as “the Cadillac” of math curricula is wrong. “I can appreciate a Cadillac, but I know a lemon when I buy a lemon,” Dufrene told the panel.

Tiffany Hebert, a parent and former teacher, said in a statement to Breitbart News, “Highly educated parents with graduate and post-graduate degrees should not have to go to ‘Parent University’ to help their elementary kids do math homework.”

I’ve heard a meeting is taking place tonight in Calcasieu where the standard operating procedure by the State seems to be to fill the Board room with Teacher Leaders to support John White’s Eureka agenda by heckling parents trying to testify about their problems. I heard this occurred in St Tammany. I strongly urge supporters of Eureka and Common Core not to do this going forward. Parents and teachers need to work together and that type of behavior will make this a very personal fight that only charter school operators will win.

 

Caddo

I received this comment and researched it myself:

Had a conversation with a Caddo elementary principal about the new math curriculum. According to her every school in the parish is struggling with it. Her school is high ranking, with selective admissions and lots of gifted kids, but math is a problem for them this year.

Offline I was informed by multiple sources that Caddo uses straight up photocopied EngageNY, which is Eureka on crutches. I’ve heard from others that their schools are struggling with it. I can easily understand why. Even the trainers LDOE provided at their summer conference to provide professional development struggled with Eureka and even failed to complete their presentations. Wow. I’m not sure how that didn’t make it into the news at the time. . .

 

St Tammany

 

In St Tammany there was so much concerted uproar the School Board decided to vote to drop Eureka for next year just 2 months in.

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/10437687-171/st-tammany-school-board-votes

After more than three hours of passionate debate, the St. Tammany Parish School Board voted Thursday night to remove the controversial Eureka Math materials from the district’s classrooms by next school year.

At Thursday’s meeting and a special meeting held last week, a steady stream of parents pleaded with the board to remove Eureka Math from the parish’s math curriculum.

To learn some detailed tips about what dirty tricks transpired at St Tammany’s School Board meetings and how to be aware of them and fight them, please refer to this blog post by ThePeopleLLC.

 

Eureka is giving a face to the Common Core fight, and it’s not a pretty one. I’ve been asked to make a recommendation, but unlike some folks, I recognize I am unqualified to make that recommendation. Unlike LDOE and a number of members of BESE, I defer to experts in their area of expertise. I rely on teachers with decades of experience to counsel me on education issues. What appears to have happened in Louisiana is that large multi-national corporations told very inexperienced folks like previous Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek with his law degree and zero years of teaching experience and current Superintendent John White with his 2 to 3 years of dubious teaching experience that Common Core was the panacea for all education ills, and they bought into it, with our tax dollars and our children as guinea pigs. (From what I hear, John White has never met an education proposal he hasn’t wanted to spend your money on.) Once they decided what they wanted to do, they simply sought out folks that agreed with them. That’s the exact opposite way to do things, but this is Louisiana, this is Bobby Jindal’s administration, and doing the opposite of what you should be doing seems to be our trademark traditionally and the hallmark of Jindal’s administration. If we learn nothing else from the Common Core and ongoing education reform fiasco, I hope we learn to ask questions and engage parents first. Shooting first, without identifying a target or aiming, is the exact opposite of what we should be doing, although the exact mindset that Louisiana’s first, chief, Common Core adopter – former Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek – worked so diligently to foster at LDOE.

Planning is for no good long-eared varmits! Pow! Pow! Eureka!

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Some Sad truths about RSD’s Grad Rate and Dropout numbers

Some Sad truths about RSD’s Grad Rate and Dropout numbers

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

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22

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10

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45

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19

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39

15

<10

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23

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48

<10

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60

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19

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39

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26

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19

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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.

Atlanta, you ain’t got nothin’ on cheatin’ compared to Louisiana

Atlanta, you ain’t got nothin’ on cheatin’ compared to Louisiana

At least Atlanta had the decency to only modify test scores, but they didn’t lie about the very existence of schools.  The Atlanta scandal seemed to be confined to a single district’s schenanigans, but in Louisiana, the entire State Department of Education is corrupt and in cahoots with the cheaters, and they seem to be doing this with the blessings of the Federal Department of Education.

You see, a little more than a year ago I notified my superiors at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) that we had at least one district was not reporting schools to us that were in operation, and instead reporting those students as if they were enrolled at other schools to boost those schools SPS (School Performance Scores.) (I’ve been told many more schools were doing this but i did the background on just one small one district and reported this finding to my superiors.)  I sent a request to this district that they start reporting the students at these schools listed on their websites (each school had its own website maintained by students or faculty) and listed in various news articles as schools.  This issue immediately got picked up by the highest officials in the Louisiana Department of Education, including our acting Superintendent, Ollie Tyler, the head of our Accountability deparment Scott Norton, the parish superintendent Ed Cancienne, and Linda Johnson,  the BESE board representative for this district.  It was at this point I learned this was an issue already well known to the previous superintendent, Paul Pastorek.

The Parish (county to folks outside of Louisiana) doing this is Iberville.  You can check out their website here.  If you click on the schools listing you will be able to follow along with my story (until they yank their website. . . don’t worry I copied tons of docs and screen captures in the event LDOE or Iberville decide to try to conceal this issue now.)  Under the schools listing please notice the Alternative Schools dropdown list.  You will see the Math Arts and Sciences Academy East and the Math Arts and Sciences Academy West.

These “schools” have never been reported to the State of Louisiana. Both campuses have been in operation since 2008. Both of these schools have gotten new buildings built – just for their students. However none of those students, nor any of their test scores or other demographics are reported to the state. These are Magnet schools (meaning for advanced students and coursework – for Louisiana.) As the name implies the purpose of these schools is to attract better students to a better environment. I went to a magnet school myself, so I can attest to the value of them over traditional schools . . . but that’s kind of the point. These schools are newer campuses (in Iberville these are the first new school buildings built in the last 20 years according to some of their own published materials) and the teachers are usually the best, and the schools are often the best funded. Magent schools generally have much better test scores than their peers as they attract the best students.  These schools often the best local partnerships with local businesses and often get a lion share of media attention. The other schools are left with whatever is left over in terms of students, teachers and resources.

While the magnet schools are a good deal for the students that can attend, the rest of the district gets crapped on as a result. In Louisiana, if you have schools that do consistently poorly, they can be taken over by the state and the funding yanked out from under them and given to a charter operator. I’m not a big fan of that, which I’ve covered in numerous other postings, however “them’s the rules” that everyone else has to live by (in theory.) So what is an enterprising district to do? Well of course you need the state funding for these students in these schools that don’t officially exist, and school performance scores are determined based on test scores (in addition to dropout rates, attendance rates, etc.) These magnet schools excel in those areas. What Iberville (and probably other schools and districts in Louisiana) has done is report those magnet school students as if they were attending the crappier leftover schools. This boosts the leftover schools SPS scores and makes them ineligible for takeover. It deludes the parents of those schools into thinking their schools are better than they are and the students are either less eligible or ineligible to qualify for vouchers. In return, this district and the parents are more supportive of John White’s privatization agenda – an agenda that harms everyone else in the State, but Iberville never needs to worry about it applying to them. Sweet deal.

Now here’s some assorted items of proof. I’ve tried reporting this to the folks at EDEN/Edfacts many many times (not as crazycrawfish) and never got a single response. The Feds either don’t care or know and are afraid to do anything that might shine negatively on their rising star. (I also have a number of other letters and documents that have been sent to the Feds in regards to Louisiana’s subterfuge in adhering to NCLB and accountability and they have likewise been met with silence. I will reveal some of those later.)

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to two schools that have never been documented outside of Iberville Parish, except in favorable news articles.

Link on Iberville’s site to “Official” Website

http://iberville.la.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=1534

Welcome to the Math, Science and Arts Academy

Home of the Knights

Click Here for our Official Website

57955 St. Louis Rd.

Plaquemine, LA 70764

MSAW   Orientation Presentations(Note: Presentations are Large File Size – High Bandwidth   Connection Suggested to View)

1300+ students listed in this story from the advocate at just ONE of the campuses. .. this district only has 4400 students!

http://theadvocate.com/news/2809452-123/iberville-schools-celebrate-expansion

By Terry L. Jones

Westside bureau

June 23, 2012

PLAQUEMINE — The Iberville Parish School System on Friday marked a major expansion of its Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus with opening ceremonies for its $2.4 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning center.

The new 11,000-square-foot center took a little more than a year to construct and adds five additional classrooms to the academy, one of them a fully equipped chemistry laboratory, project manager Patrick Norris said.

“It’s designed to be energy efficient,” Norris said.

Officials said the kindergarten through 12th-grade college preparatory academy has “blossomed” since it was established in 2008 on land the Gay family donated to the school system.

The Rev. Karen Gay, who blessed the new STEM Center during the ceremony, said she never thought there would be a day when she’d get lost roaming around the school.

The STEM Center is the fourth phase of the academy’s ongoing construction, said Ed Cancienne, superintendent of Iberville Parish public schools.

Cancienne said further phases call for renovating the academy’s front entrance and construction of a performance arts center.

Elvis Cavalier, chief academic officer for the school system, said some 1,370 students are enrolled at MSA-West Academy, including many who also attend classes at Louisiana State University.

LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, who was among several officials and faculty members from the university attending the event, offered encouragement to the students and took a tour of the new STEM building.

of Education, told the audience that LSU College of Education majors would assist Iberville’s college preparatory academies by providing “innovative” teaching experiences through field training programs such as internships, tutoring and student teaching.

Martin said the academy is a great example of the kind of partnership the state’s flagship university should have with a local school district.

“Others ought to come and see what’s been done here,” Martin said. “Whether it’s LSU or other universities in the state, these kinds of linkages serve the students well. The kids will succeed and they’ll succeed because they have a wonderful, powerful start here.”

East websites

http://www.ibervillemsaeast.com/MSA_East/Home.html

http://iberville.la.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=1533

Welcome to the

                       

We have a new website. Please visit us by clicking on or copying and pasting the following link in your browser.

http://www.ibervillemsaeast.com/MSA_East/Home.html

School Hours

K-5 – 8:24-3:30

6-12 – 7:24-2:30

School History

The Iberville Mathematics, Science and Arts Academy – East opened its doors in August 2008 on the grounds of the St. Gabriel Community Center. It began with six classrooms in temporary buildings as well as a few of the Community Center’s facilities. Now the East Academy is housed in its own beautiful new campus, serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Why Attend the MSA Academy?

  1. -Innovative teaching with smaller class sizes in grades 7-12
  2. -Technology-rich environment
  3. -One-to-one laptop initiative
  4. -Smart boards in every classroom
  5. -State-of-the-art science labs
  6. -Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment (DE) credit courses for 11th and 12th grade
  7. -Project- and challenge-based learning, problem-solving, and critical thinking
  8. -Safe, positive environment with few discipline problems
  9. -Faculty focused on excellence
  10. -Alliances with LSU, ULM, and other universities
  11. -Unique activities and field trips

Administration

Director

Charles Johnson

Dean of Students

Susan Schlecht

Guidance

Master Teachers

Rob Howle

Office Staff

Administrative Assistant

Carondalette Stewart

Bookkeeping

Nurse

Campus Staff

Maintenance

Food Service

Elementary School Faculty

Kindergarten

Laura LaSalle

Emily Mizell

First Grade

Tarmecia Jolla

Second Grade

Mary Grace Beavers

Third Grade

Mandy Goodwin

Kellye Carville

Fourth/Fifth Grade

Katie Dicharry

Leafreedya Smith

Middle/High School Faculty

Alison Adams

Ron Allen

Latonya Broussard

Danielle Butcher

Mary Ellen Day

Rebecca Denton

Jill Edenfield

Joanne Griffin

Terrie Hasten

Stacey Jackson

Jackie Lodge

Maurice Miles

Sara O’Neal

Rebecca Adams Polk

Tracey Martin Warren

Andrew Wyly

Drew Zeringue

State Rankings of schools by district (from LDOE website)  Look up Iberville and notice what’s missing.

http://www.louisianaschools.net/resources/community/my_schools.aspx

Some press releases about these schools. . .

IPSBPRessRelease-03-24-2011

IPSBNewsAndPressReleaseNewSchoolUnderwayInStGabriel

a report about the parish from the state’s website

From a 2009 press release posted to Iberville’s site.

From LDOE’s school directory

Just one of these shadow schools was reported by the advocate to house over 1300 students in a district of 4487 and most of thier schools are still listed as “D” schools.  How terrible must those other schools be?????

FYI

I have dated emails from and referring to the people i mentioned also including the names of numerous other LDOE personnel (I’m such a packrat). It would be shame if I had to produce those and embarrass all of those people. I would imagine if someone were to make an e-mail FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) request based on the headings on some of these e-mails they would discover more of the motivations behind abetting this district’s subterfuge. Just a thought. . . I also have some other neat pieces of info I will produce later (did you know this district actually created and produced and published their very own test scores for these “schools” and compared their results to state averages? Neat huh!)

These scores are amde all the more impressive because the school listed doesn’t officially exist. . . Except to parents in Iberville Parish

Iberville maintains two sets of books for their schools.  One set of books they use for internal tracking, scheduling and maintenance, and another set gets sent to the Louisiana Department of Education and from there to the US Department of Education.

Another interesting article.  I wonder how this group knew of this school down to the demographics and achievement level to qualify for an award since only Iberville knows of its existence?

http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/local-school-receives-top-magnet-school-honors

Incidentally LDOE knows all about these documents and has pretended to turn a blind eye to the situation. As long as  district supports their initiatives publicly, and shows improvement, even if fraudulent and fictitious, they don’t care as it serves their purpose.  There are many blind eyes at LDOE right now, and I will show you what they refuse to see or attend to in the weeks that follow.

How can you trust anything that comes out of an education agency that doesn’t even care if people report their schools?

How can a system as complicated as Value Added be even remotely credible when we don’t even know where the kids are, let alone who’s giving them tests or what they are scoring?

Can anything that comes out of LDOE be credible with such a known failing as allowing districts to report students to whatever schools boost their test scores, by keeping some of the better schools off the books and in the shadows?

I could prove scores of more deceitful situations just like this, but LDOE will not release any data because they know what they have is utter crap.  They even laid off or drove off all of their data collection people. . .  Why collect real data when you can report data that punishes your enemies and rewards your friends and validates your theories?

Until John White and his band of juvenile TFA delinquents are evicted from our education standings will sink not just to last in the US, but last in the world.  That’s the world-class education system we are in for folks!  If you can’t reach for the top, jump to the bottom.  John White is bringing us there with both feet. . . and once he has achieved his goals he will be gone and we will be left with exactly what we asked for. . . a world-class disrespected laughing-stock of an education system.

Louisiana Believes!