⭐🔥 Click here to check Latest Celeb News & Celebrity Gossip in 2022! 🔥⭐
The Washington Independent
The Washington Independent

Louisiana school group alleges New Orleans scrubbed testing scores to inflate results, state officials deny claims

In a monthly online newsletter published last week on the Louisiana School Boards Association website, the teacher group alleges the Recovery School District in

Iram Martins
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 02, 2011

Image has not been found. URL: http://images.americanindependent.com/Teacher-student_Thumb1.jpgIn a monthly online newsletter published last week on the Louisiana School Boards Association website, the teacher group alleges the Recovery School District in New Orleans ‘scrubbed’ test results to inflate the district’s school performance figures, something the Louisiana Department of Education flatly denies.

Citing unnamed sources, the LSBA entry stated:

Irregular “scrubbing” practices that appear to have been imported to the RSD by Paul Vallas leave many test units administered by unaccounted for in school performance scores (SPS). Apparently, a set of computer filters are set to screen out from consideration any student scores that meet select criteria (less than 120 days in school, failing the test, failing to enroll in summer remediation, and failing to pass the summer retest).

Paul Vallas served as the superintendent of RSD after a contentious stint in Philadelphia where he was CEO of the city’s school district. New Orleans schools improved at a faster rate than the rest of Louisiana under his helm, though over 90 percent of RSD schools will have a D or F grade for student assessment scores in the coming school year, according to outside reports.

SPS values rely in large part on student achievement in the state’s standardized tests, LEAP, iLEAP and the Graduation Exit Exam (GEE). Those scores determine which schools are in compliance with the state’s achievement standards as part of the accountability measures established by No Child Left Behind. Schools that fall behind face funding restrictions, closure and layoffs depending on how long they tread at below-minimum benchmarks.

Scott Norton, assistant superintendent on student and school enforcement in Louisiana, explained to The American Independent the process districts use to report state test scores obviates the opportunity to fudge the figures.

“We send out the test booklets and the test is taken,” says Norton. “The tests go back to the contractor of the test [and] the schools are out of the loop.”

Norton adds: “But from that point on… the deparment has the data files. Districts can’t take test scores…there’s no place in process where that could happen. I can’t imagine anyone could do that.”

Acting state superintendent of education Ollie S. Tyler contacted TAI with a remonstrative statement after she was asked for comment:

Louisiana has gained national recognition for its accountability program. Critical to this is ensuring the integrity of testing and performance scores at every level.  Therefore, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) allocates significant resources to the design, administration and scoring of statewide assessments. These services are coordinated by LDOE, not local districts, through professional service contracts with certified and reputable national vendors. Test results are not routed to local districts to calculate School Performance Scores, nor do local districts have the ability to manipulate the data. To suggests (sic) a district, any district, including the Recovery School District, has the ability to filter or eliminate test scores prior to the calculation of School Performance Scores or at any point is unreasonable.

Likewise, the Department has an aggressive monitoring program to actively make certain students, teachers, administrators and districts are operating in accordance with stringent state policies and procedures. Through the support of our testing vendor, for example, we are able to identify patterns of excessive wrong-to-right erasures on state tests.

We are disappointed that the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA) would make these unfair and unsubstantiated claims. These allegations call into question the state’s accountability model and therefore the progress Louisiana students, teachers, districts and communities have demonstrated through the state’s accountability program over the last decade.

The state has come under scrutiny by critics of RSD who maintain the district disguises poor test results by dumping the records of low-achieving schools and high-risk students likely to underperform. A paper written in 2010 by Barbara Ferguson, an education professor and analyst at Research on Reforms who once served as superintendent in New Orleans, showed (PDF) the following:

In 2009-10, there were 71 schools in the RSD.  A total of 21 schools did not have baseline School Performance Scores; yet, only 9 of them without scores were new schools. Compare that with the 2008-09 year, when the RSD had 66 schools, and a total of 10 did not have baseline School Performance Scores, of which 7 were new schools.

LSBA also accused LDOE of forbidding staff from commenting on department investigations, formally alluding to a culture of fear and intimidation that was addressed in cheating-ravaged cities like Atlanta.

Rene Greer, a spokesperson for LDOE, explained the directive in question was actually an email urging staff members to swiftly respond to Freedom Of Information Act requests. “In order to respect the FOIA process … we want everyone to check their own documents to help the process,” Greer told TAI. She supplied TAI with a redacted copy of that email, available here [PDF].

She added: “It’s very much about our transparency and our due diligence.”

Iram Martins | Personal trainer. Aspiring sommelier. Brunch critic who works part-time. When I'm not competing, you'll find me at dog beaches with my black lab or sipping drinks at the best bars in town. I like to fly a lot.


EPA Administrator Addresses Concerns About Oil Spill Waste Management

At a hearing of the national oil spill commission today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson addressed concerns about waste disposal from

EPA administrator defends allowing Florida to write its own water pollution rules

The EPA seal (Pic via sentryjournal.com) The Environmental Protection Agency has come under fire for its decision to allow the state of Florida to write its own water pollution rules (known as “numeric nutrient criteria”). EPA Regional Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming is now firing back, writing that the Agency commends the state Department of Environmental Protection for its draft of a proposed standard. A host of environmental groups filed suit in 2008, seeking to compel the EPA to implement a strict set of water pollution standards in Florida, arguing that the state was in violation of the Clean Water Act.

EPA administrator says federal nutrient criteria is a ‘myth’

In testimony given late last week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that false accusations about her agency’s numeric nutrient criteria to govern Florida waterways are proving to be a detriment to their implementation. # Testifying before the House Agriculture Committee, Jackson said her agency’s work was often “mischaracterized” and addressed several myths surrounding its work

E-Verify Mandate Begins Today

The Obama administration today begins implementation of a new mandate to require all federal contractors to check the legal status of their employees to confirm

EPA administrator fires back at critics in op-ed

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (Pic by USACEpublicaffairs, via Flickr) EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson penned a new op-ed for the Los Angeles Times , criticizing House Republicans desperately seeking to undermine the authority of the agency they have dubbed a “job killer.” Arguing that the environment affects red states and blue states alike, Jackson writes that “it is time for House Republicans to stop politicizing our air and water.” As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Jackson has faced harsh criticism from House Republicans and GOP presidential candidates who say the agency’s regulations are an undue burden on businesses that have to cut jobs simply to comply with clean water and air rules. Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann  has pledged to end the EPA if she takes office. “Since the beginning of this year, Republicans in the House have averaged roughly a vote every day the chamber has been in session to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency and our nation’s environmental laws,” writes Jackson.

EPA and California Near Deal on Fuel Efficiency Standards

Two weeks ago, the Obama administration raised fuel efficiency standards by an average of two miles per gallon -- a modest change that disappointed some

EPA announces hold on nutrient standards if Florida can come up with own criteria

The EPA announced today that it is now prepared to withdraw a portion of its proposed numeric nutrient criteria (a set of standards governing water pollution in inland waters) and delay the portion related to estuarine waters, to allow the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop its own criteria. # From a statement released by the EPA earlier today: # EPA recognizes that states have the primary role in establishing and implementing water quality standards for their waters. Therefore, EPA is prepared to withdraw the federal inland standards and delay the estuarine standards if FDEP adopts, and EPA approves, their own protective and scientifically sound numeric standards

EPA biologist says fracking may be partly to blame for West Virginia fish kill

New documents obtained by an environmental news service show that an EPA analyst believes that wastewater from fracking may be partly responsible for a fish kill in a West Virginia river. Scientific American reports : U.S

EPA Chief Overruled Calif. Waiver, Too

The Washington Post reported in March that EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson was overruled by the White House in setting an ozone standard. Now, documents

© Copyright 2022 The Washington Independent All Rights Reserved

Terms & Privacy | twi.news@washingtonindependent.com

⭐🔥 Click here to check Latest Celeb News & Celebrity Gossip in 2022! 🔥⭐