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Those New Orleans *Miracle* Charter AP Outcomes

October 8, 2014

On October 8, 2014, New York teacher Gary Rubinstein wrote a post on Louisiana’s May 2014 Advanced Placement (AP) outcomes. His post is aptly entitled, Louisiana Still Ranks Second to Last in AP Results. 

Of course such news must be spun; therefore, Louisiana Superintendent John White twists the result into Louisiana Among Nation’s Most Improved States on Advanced Placement Scores

As Rubinstein shows, Louisiana has ranked only higher than Mississippi on passing AP outcomes for the past three years. Not sure how being consistently second-to-last equals White’s “most improved.” But then, I am not a liar by trade.

In his post, Rubinstein includes a handful of scores on our New Orleans Miracle Schools. He was able to obtain such scores from a search engine in the Times-Picayune.

White does not do search engines. He has sabotaged the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to such a degree that I doubt he has staff capable of accomplishing such sophistication– which is exactly as he would have it. Thus, we have a newspaper offering a search engine for LDOE data.

My purpose in this post is to provide readers with comprehensive information on the May 2014 AP scores for all New Orleans charter schools offering 11th and 12th grades. I used the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) school directory as my source for what appears to be a comprehensive listing of charter schools in New Orleans. I then used the Times Picayune search engine to determine the number of AP test takers and the number (and corresponding percentage) of those scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams.

The Times Picayune notes that its search engine data was obtained from LDOE.

Some data is not clear.

What is clear is that the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) high schools were the ones to do best on the AP exams. Two of the five OPSB high schools (Franklin and Lusher) account for most of the New Orleans charters’ AP scoring “success.”

Sixteen of the twenty-two total New Orleans charter high schools listed have AP scores available. Five of these are OPSB schools.

I created a listing of all 22* schools’ AP information described above. I also included the year that each charter school was established.

New Orleans charters opened longer did not show better 2014 AP outcomes.

What is clear is that with only a couple of exceptions, the results are not impressive.

My spreadsheet of the data can be found here:

New Orleans Charter High School May 2014 AP Results

Once again, there is no miracle here.

To the districts nationwide that are watching the New Orleans Charter Circus with wide eyes, know that any reported New Orleans charter *miracle* patently contradicts its consistently unimpressive outcomes.


*I originally stated that there were 24 New Orleans high schools. I had to remove two from the list (the Jefferson charters) because they are not located in New Orleans. (Corrected 10-12-14)


Schneider is also author of the ed reform whistleblower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education

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  1. Reblogged this on Education Talk New Orleans and commented:
    It’s always a very good idea to look past the Louisiana Department of Education’s press releases and check out the raw data. The press release is usually focused on making really bad news look good.

  2. Reblogged this on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé and commented:
    Read all about it?
    More lies revealed from a leader in the corporate driven, fake-education reform movement.

  3. Harlan Underhill permalink

    The link to the spreadsheet leads me to . . . nothing.

  4. Harlan Underhill permalink

    OK, thanks Mercedes. I’ll try it again.

  5. Harlan Underhill permalink

    Ah, it’s not a web site, but an actual document that flies to my download folder. Missed it the first time, but it’s in there. Thanks.

  6. Mercedes, thanks for this. There’s so much spin that I feel perpetually dizzy.

    What you have revealed is part of an ongoing Ping-Pong game by the Louisiana Department of Education and State Legislature. Louisiana’s School Performance Score (SPS), which defines the cut point for failure, has been shifted time and again since 2005 (all in an effort to contrive charter school achievement).

    It’s astonishing how “reformers” in New Orleans invoke the language of accountability and evidence-based policymaking, while manipulating and misrepresenting data at the very same time.

  7. Kwame permalink

    The Chamber schools are in Jefferson Parish.

  8. Mercedes, your blog is excellent. You related the RSD to our EAA in Michigan last year. Here is a little taste of what we are facing with a lame duck bill session that could be devastating in our state for-profiteers to potentially take over. I think we are the most liberal in any state when it comes to uncapping charter schools which sets the stage for for-profit companies to take over in the years to come. I am on a quest to deliver this podcast in which our county superintendent has been so patient in her delivery to the average parent who has no idea what is coming down the pipeline. We have a legislative committee in our district where each school is represented by a parent like me. I have witnessed some very frightening things that could change our state for the worse. Our biggest problem is getting the message out so parents can make an informed decision on what path to take. Anyway, my mission has been personalizing a message to parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, etc and attaching the following information:

    Mike, as a respected client, parent, and teacher I wanted your opinion on this link and you tube video. Attachment #1 above you will find three important advocacy dates that I plan on attending that relate to the video below. Dr. Vickie Markavitch is the Oakland County Superintendent who will be speaking on this topic. If what you see below is disturbing I would like you to let me know which date works best to attend. If no interest you do not have to respond. However, if you are I would respectfully suggest picking a date that works for you and consider carpooling with fellow colleagues. The dates and locations are listed in the attachment. If nothing else you will get the latest information on this topic and formulate your own opinion. Hopefully, I will see you there.

    Million Voice link:


    Mercedes, we have alot of work to do in this state. We appeear to be taking on a whole concept of privatization at work. By the way, the attachment mentioned in e-mail above is advocacy dates set for December 1-3, 2014 in hopes of raising awareness with a million voices to offset the millions of dollars being spent by for-profit management companies to push legislation. Wish us luck, we are going to need it.

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