A re-post from Diane Ravitch. The rhetoric doesn't match the record. Those who would have us "BELIEVE" that their brand of reform is successful need to make sure they're pointing their guns in the right direction and that the ammunition is the right gauge (standardized tests)!


by Diane Ravitch

The next time you hear an "education reformer" talk about the miracle in New Orleans, tell them about this chart.

The "reformers" would like you to believe that New Orleans has solved the problem of low academic performance. All it took was a devastating hurricane to wipe out the public schools and sweep away the teachers' union. In the wake of this cataclysmic event, goes the story, new and innovative charter schools arose, staffed by eager young college graduates willing to work 80-hour weeks. And everyone succeeded beyond the reformers' wildest expectations.

The chart shows the proportion of students in each charter school and voucher school who were rated basic or above on state tests of reading and math.

You will notice that the statewide average (in a low-performing state) of students who reached basic or above was 75%.

You will also notice that only six of the charter-voucher schools met or exceeded this average (and two more came close).

The average proportion of students in the Recovery School District that reached basic or above was 49%.

Looking for a miracle?

Keep looking.


Authority Type % Basic or Above School Name

RSD Charter 94% Akili Academy of New Orleans
RSD Charter 88% Martin Behrman Elementary School
Voucher Private 86% ST. JOAN OF ARC SCHOOL (C)
RSD Charter 86% Lafayette Academy of New Orleans
Voucher Private 82% ST. LEO THE GREAT SCHOOL (C)
RSD Charter 79% Dr. M.L.K. Charter School for Science & Tech.

75% STATE AVG- all students

RSD Charter 74% KIPP Believe College Prep (Phillips)
RSD Charter 73% KIPP Central City Academy
RSD Traditional 66% A.P. Tureaud Elementary School
RSD Traditional 65% Mary D. Coghill Elementary School
RSD Charter 62% The Intercultural Charter School
RSD Charter 62% KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts
RSD Charter 58% KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy
RSD Charter 58% Abramson Science & Technology Charter School
RSD Charter 58% Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
RSD Charter 57% Arthur Ashe Charter School
RSD Charter 55% Gentilly Terrace School
RSD Charter 54% Samuel J. Green Charter School
RSD Charter 53% E. P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy
RSD Charter 53% P. A. Capdau School
RSD Traditional 53% Benjamin Banneker Elementary School
RSD Charter 52% Langston Hughes Academy Charter School
RSD Charter 52% Crocker Arts and Technology School
RSD Charter 52% Harriet Tubman Elementary School
RSD Charter 51% Nelson Elementary School
RSD Charter 51% Pride College Preparatory Academy
RSD Charter 50% Arise Academy
RSD Traditional 50% H.C. Schaumburg Elementary School

49% RSD AVG- All Students

RSD Charter 49% NOLA College Prep Charter School
RSD Charter 49% McDonogh #28 City Park Academy
RSD Traditional 47% Fannie C. Williams Elementary School
RSD Charter 47% William J. Fischer Elementary School
RSD Charter 47% Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
RSD Charter 46% James M. Singleton Charter School
RSD Charter 45% Lagniappe Academies of New Orleans
RSD Charter 45% Esperanza Charter School
RSD Traditional 44% James Weldon Johnson School
RSD Charter 44% Success Preparatory Academy
RSD Charter 44% John Dibert Community School
RSD Charter 42% Live Oak Elementary School (Baptiste)
RSD Charter 40% Laurel Elementary School (Sci Tech)
RSD Traditional 39% Paul B. Habans Elementary School
Voucher Private 39% ST. ALPHONSUS SCHOOL (C)

38% VOUCHER AVG-All Students

Voucher Private 37% ST. MARY'S ACADEMY (GIRLS) (C)

2011 Performance Comparison

Voucher Schools vs. RSD Schools

% Basic or above, ELA and Math combined, Grades 3, 4, 5 combined by school

RSD Charter 36% Miller-McCoy Academy
RSD Charter 36% McDonogh #42 Elementary Charter School
RSD Traditional 36% Joseph A. Craig School
RSD Traditional 35% F.W. Gregory Elementary School
RSD Traditional 35% Murray Henderson Elementary School
RSD Charter 34% McDonogh #32 Elementary School
RSD Charter 34% Benjamin E. Mays Preparatory School
RSD Traditional 33% Sarah Towles Reed Elementary School
RSD Traditional 32% Carver Elementary School
RSD Traditional 27% Dr. Charles Richard Drew Elementary School
Voucher Private 21% ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOOL (C)

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