Glossary

  • 4-Year Graduation Rate

    The Louisiana Department of Education defines a cohort as all students who entered 9th grade for the first time in the state of Louisiana in a given academic year. Each cohort of students is tracked for four years, from entry as first-time ninth graders through four academic years, and the 4-year graduation rate is based on that same cohort. Some students may be excluded from the cohort if they transfer to another district or enter an approved homestudy program.

  • 504 Plan

    A 504 Plan is a plan developed by a school to ensure that a child with a disability who is attending school receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment. Students with a 504 Plan are not required to receive the specialized instruction that students with an IEP receive.

  • Access Indicators

    Access is fundamental to equity. These indicators examine the question, "Do all children have an equal opportunity to find, enroll in, and attend a school that allows them to thrive and their families to support their education?"

  • ADA Accessibility

    A school is considered ADA Accessible when its facility meets the requirements set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act. These data come from the EnrollNOLA School Guide and are based on observations conducted by staff and volunteers.

  • Additional Enrollment Requirements?

    Some schools have additional enrollment requirements that students or families must meet in order to enroll in the school. Some schools have selective admissions that require students to complete certain requirements in order to be admitted to the school. These requirements often include a demonstration of academic, artistic or linguistic aptitude as measured through a test, performance or interview. Some schools ask families to meet other requirements in order to enroll a child. These include delivery of their application and/or registration materials at a particular time, attendance at an orientation, and other requirements that can present barriers to low-income and working families.

  • Admissions Requirements

    Some schools have additional enrollment requirements that students or families must meet in order to enroll in the school. Some schools have selective admissions that require students to complete certain requirements in order to be admitted to the school. These requirements often include a demonstration of academic, artistic or linguistic aptitude as measured through a test, performance or interview. Some schools ask families to meet other requirements in order to enroll a child. These include delivery of their application and/or registration materials at a particular time, attendance at an orientation, and other requirements that can present barriers to low-income and working families.

  • Agenda for Children

    Agenda for Children is a nonprofit advocacy and service organization that focuses on the well-being of children from birth through eighteen years of age. Information obtained via public records request.

  • Average Distance Student Travels to School

    This figure is calculated by taking the distance, via New Orleans streets, from the center of the ZIP code to the school, and weighting that figure by the number of students attending the school from each ZIP code. Enrollment by ZIP code provided by LDOE.

  • Average High School Completion in Students' Home Zip Code

    This data shows the percent of the adult population in a student’s neighborhood (defined by zip code) that has not obtained a high school diploma. The data concerning the number of students from each zip code attending a school is provided by LDOE. The information on high school completion in each zip code is obtained from American Fact Finder and is the 5-year average (2010-14) from the American Community Survey.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • Average Student’s Neighborhood Poverty

    This data shows the percent of the adult population in a student’s neighborhood (defined by zip code) that is below the poverty level. The data concerning the number of students from each zip code attending a school is provided by LDOE. The information on relative poverty levels in each zip code is obtained from American Fact Finder and is the 5-year average (2010-14) from the American Community Survey.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • Average Teacher Salary

    The average salary for full-time teachers at the school is calculated from data from the Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel system for the most recent year for which data was available.

  • Average Threshold Scale Scores for Math and ELA Tests

    Students in grades 3 through 8 take assessments in English Language Arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. These assessments are aligned to the Louisiana State Standards, and play a large part in calculating school performance scores. Students receive a numerical score that corresponds with five different achievement levels: Unsatisfactory (the lowest scoring students), Approaching Basic (the next lowest scoring students), Basic, Mastery, and Advanced (the highest scoring students). Each test by grade and subject have different thresholds for achieving each of these levels from year-to-year.

  • Average Travel Time to School

    This figure is calculated by determining the travel duration, without traffic, from the center of the ZIP code to the school, weighted by the number of students attending the school from each ZIP code. Enrollment by ZIP code provided by LDOE.

  • Average Years Since Receiving BA

    This data indicates the average number of years since teachers at the school received their first bachelor's degree. It is important to note that this data point may not reflect the average number of years of teaching experience; that data point is reflected in teacher experience. The average number of years since teachers received their bachelors' degrees is calculated from data from the Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel system for the 2013-2014 school year, the most recent year for which data was available.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • Charter Management Organization (CMO)

    A charter management organization (CMO) is a private entity (usually a non-profit organization or private corporation) that is responsible for the administration and operation of one or more charter schools.

  • Chronic Absence

    The Louisiana Department of Education defines chronic absenteeism as missing more than 15 school days over the course of a school year.

  • Cost of Enrollment

    The cost of enrollment includes information on what it actually costs a parent or family to enroll a child in school. The cost of enrollment draws from information each school reported on the New Orleans Parents Guide survey in the fall of 2015. It includes the average cost for registration (if any), school supplies, extracurricular activities, a school uniform and any other enrollment fees. This includes the cost to an average family for a student to start school and does not include additional costs that families may incur throughout the year. While many schools allow families to request waivers of these costs, this process is not always clear and accessible to families, and these enrollment costs can present a financial hardship for families.

  • Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives

    State of Public Education in New Orleans annual report on citywide progress and challenges in education reform. For more information see the annual report.

  • Data Center

    Neighborhood profile data drawing primarily from the most recent U.S. Census data. For more information visit The Data Center.

  • Disability

    As defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with disabilities are eligible to receive protections and services to support their educational success under the law. According to the Louisiana Department of Education, eligible disabilities include autism, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment.

  • Document Translation

    Document translation is the translation of key documents, including enrollment and registration documents, report cards and parent communications, into Vietnamese and/or Spanish.

  • Educate Now

    Cohort high school graduation rates reported by school. For more information see the reports.

  • Education Equity

    Education equity is when every student has the access and supports to receive an excellent education that affirms their fundamental dignity and provides them the opportunity to thrive. It must be built on an understanding of how social and educational policies, practices and programs have contributed to the creation and institutionalization of persistent imbalances of power and privilege. Creating education equity requires an intentional, persistent and ongoing effort to address these inequities and must include the voices, experiences, and solutions of students, parents, teachers and school staff, particularly those who are most marginalized by the inequities.

  • ELA Scores

    Students in grades 3 through 8 take assessments in English Language Arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. These assessments are aligned to the Louisiana State Standards, and play a large part in calculating school performance scores. Students receive a numerical score that corresponds with five different achievement levels: Unsatisfactory (the lowest scoring students), Approaching Basic (the next lowest scoring students), Basic, Mastery, and Advanced (the highest scoring students).

  • EnrollNOLA

    New Orleans OneApp enrollment application for families to indicate school preference. Seat information obtained through public records request.

  • EnrollNOLA School Guide

    The EnrollNOLA School Guide is published by the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board. All information contained therein was verified with school officials and/or reported directly from the Louisiana Department of Education from October 2016 through January 2017. For more information, see the guide.

  • Expenditures Per-Pupil

    This number is calculated based on a school’s total expenditures divided by the number of students enrolled in a school as of October 1st of the 2015-2016 school year. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Department of Education Student Information System.

  • Expulsions

    In New Orleans, all students may be expelled only for certain "expellable offenses," as defined by the Student Hearing Office manual. All students recommended for expulsion are referred to the Student Hearing Office, which determines whether or not the student will actually be expelled. Many students who are recommended for expulsion are not actually expelled from school. Nevertheless, the number of students referred for expulsion is an indicator not just of safety at the school, but also of how a school responds to behavioral issues with its students.

  • Financial Characteristics

    How schools invest their financial resources is a reflection of their priorities and their student populations. These indicators also show what financial resources a school has available to address issues of equity and how much of this is raised from non-public sources that include families and other philanthropic donors.

  • Full-Time Equivalent Teacher

    A school’s full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers are calculated by dividing the amount of hours a normal full-time teacher works in a week (usually between 35 and 40) by the number of teachers at a school. Note that full-time equivalent teachers are distinct from administrative and non-instructional staff (i.e. principal, office manager, etc.) who may also be full-time employees at a given school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Gifted and Talented

    Gifted and Talented is a designation students who demonstrate high academic and intellectual aptitude or extraordinary talent in the visual or performing arts may receive in order to be eligible for additional individualized education supports. Schools must provide an Individualized Education Plan for every student with a Gifted and Talented designation.

  • Gifted Students

    Gifted and/or talented are designations students who demonstrate high academic and intellectual aptitude or extraordinary talent in the visual or performing arts may receive in order to be eligible for additional individualized education supports. Schools must provide an Individualized Education Plan for every student with a gifted and/or talented designation.The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Student Information System records for the 2013-2014 school year, which is the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October 1, 2013. This student data in the October 1st reports is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Governing Agency

    There are four governing agencies currently responsible for the oversight of public schools in New Orleans: The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), the Recovery School District (RSD), the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), and the Louisiana Legislature (in the case of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). For more information on governance of public schools in New Orleans, see the Cowen Institute’s State of Public Education in New Orleans.

  • High School Graduates

    The Louisiana Department of Education defines a cohort as all students who entered 9th grade for the first time in the state of Louisiana in a given academic year. Each cohort of students is tracked for four years, from entry as first-time ninth graders through four academic years, and the 4-year graduation rate is based on that same cohort. Some students may be excluded from the cohort if they transfer to another district or enter an approved homestudy program.

  • High School Graduates Enrolling in College

    Percent of graduates reported to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) that graduated by August 2014 and enrolled in college in the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Highly Effective Teacher

    A highly effective teacher is defined by the Louisiana Department of Education based on two components reported in COMPASS, LDOE’s educator support and evaluation system: a principal or school administrator’s rating on the observational professional practice and a value-added student outcome rating calculated by LDOE based on student growth. It is worth noting that the current observation system provides no incentive for principals and school administrators to rate teachers anything other than highly effective.

  • IDEA

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that ensures services to children with disabilities in the United States. IDEA governs how schools provide special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities.

  • IEP

    An IEP or Individualized Education Plan is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has an identified disability and is attending school receives specialized instruction and related services.

  • Incidents Reported to Police

    The number of times a school reports incidents to the New Orleans Police Department is both a sign of safety in the school and the ways in which a school responds to behavioral issues with students.

  • Instructional Support Staff

    Instructional support staff are non-teachers who have instructional responsibilities, such as para-professionals and teacher’s aides. A school's full-time equivalent (FTE) instructional support staff are calculated by dividing the amount of hours a normal full-time instructional support staff member works in a week by the number of instructional support staff at a school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Limited English Proficient (LEP)

    Limited English Proficient is a term used by the U.S. Department of Education to define students who are not native English speakers and may require additional assistance to learn in an education system where English is used as the language of instruction. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Student Information System records for the 2016-2017 school year, which is the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October and February 1st annually. This student data in the October 1st reports is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Louisiana Department of Education

    Public School Performance Scores issued for each school by the Louisiana Department of Education.

    Student Information System student-level enrollment data provided by the Louisiana Department of Education (not publicly available).

    Student Information System student-level enrollment data provided by the Louisiana Department of Education (not publicly available). Annual Financial Data Reports submitted by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education ACT

    Mean ACT scores compiled by school. For more information see ACT Scores from the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Annual Financial Report

    School-level finance data from Annual Financial Data Reports submitted by each school detailed by type of expenditure. For more information visit The Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education COMPASS

    COMPASS educator support and evaluation system information. For more information visit The Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Data Center

    Cohort graduation rates, end-of-course assessment data, and ACT/AP scores gathered from the Louisiana Department of Education High School Performance section. Attendance, discipline, and student retention information gathered from the Safe & Healthy Schools Data Reports section. LEAP and iLEAP information gathered from the Pre-K - 8 Performance section.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Discipline Accounts

    Official discipline accounts for students at each school.

  • Louisiana Department of Education End-of-course

    End-of-course student performance on end-of-course state assessments.

  • Louisiana Department of Education End-of-grade

    End-of-grade student performance on grades 3-8 state assessments.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Enrollment Counts

    Official October 1 enrollment counts by school. For more information visit The Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Finance Report

    Compiled school-by-school overview finance reports. For more information visit The Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel System

    Profile of Education Personnel (PEP) system information on educator employment.

  • Louisiana Department of Education School by School Financial Data

    School-level finance data from Annual Financial Data Reports submitted by each school detailed by type of expenditure. For more information visit the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education School Performance Score

    School Performance Scores issued annually based primarily on student performance on standardized state assessments. For more information visit The Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Louisiana Department of Education Student Information System

    Student Information System (SIS) information on student-level enrollment by school.

  • Louisiana Legislative Auditor

    School audits by Charter Management Organization (CMO). For more information visit The Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

  • Math Scores

    Students in grades 3 through 8 take assessments in English Language Arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. These assessments are aligned to the Louisiana State Standards, and play a large part in calculating school performance scores. Students receive a numerical score that corresponds with five different achievement levels: Unsatisfactory (the lowest scoring students), Approaching Basic (the next lowest scoring students), Basic, Mastery, and Advanced (the highest scoring students).

  • Mean ACT Score

    The ACT assessment is a nationwide standardized test for high school students that is intended to measure academic achievement in high school and college readiness. The ACT test is also a requirement for admissions at many colleges.

  • Median Percentile

    The extent to which the school's median percentile score on Math and ELA iLEAP or LEAP state assessments exceeded or fell below the statewide median (excluding New Orleans). This measure applies only to schools that administered the iLEAP or LEAP test in two consecutive years.

  • Multilingual Staff

    Multilingual staff are staff members who work at a school and fluently speak Spanish or Vietnamese in additional to English. This is an important indicator of how accessible a school is to students and their families who may not speak English as their native language. These families make up a growing portion of New Orleans public school students. Note that this information does not indicate which staff at a school are multilingual (i.e. a teacher who is in a classroom all day vs. a staff member who works in the front office and helps greet parents and families when they arrive at the school).

  • National Student Clearinghouse

    College enrollment for high school graduates provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • New Orleans Parents Guide

    School survey information for parents. For more information see the guide.

  • New Orleans Police Department Incidents

    School reported incidents for the period January 2014 through February 2015. Obtained from the New Orleans Police Department via public records request.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • Offerings

    Indicator for whether a school offers activities such as extracurriculars and college visits.

    Credit recovery is a term used to describe a wide variety of educational strategies and programs that give students who have failed a class the opportunity to redo coursework or retake a course through alternate means and earn academic credit.

    Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. International Baccalaureate (IB) courses IB classes follow a curriculum mandated by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Taking both IB and AP courses may increase a student's chances of admission to certain colleges.

  • OneApp

    OneApp is New Orleans’ citywide enrollment system that seeks to match students with their top choice schools using a common application and enrollment system. Full participation in this unified enrollment system is a sign of a school’s commitment to open enrollment that does not give preferential treatment to families based on any number of factors.

  • Opportunity to Learn Indicators

    These indicators examine how well a school is ensuring every child receives the high-quality learning opportunities and supportive services they need to learn and thrive. It looks at both learning inputs (what supports were provided to help students learn) and outcomes (how well students performed on assessments and tests) for all students as well as students by particular demographics.

  • Orleans Parish School Board Geocoded Enrollment

    Anonymized student address information coded by city block and school for all enrolled students.

  • Per Pupil Expenditures

    This number is calculated based on a school’s total expenditures divided by the number of students enrolled in a school as of October 1st of the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Per-Pupil Special Education Expenditures

    This is a calculation of the total amount of money the school spent in the 2013-2014 school year on special education services divided by the number of students enrolled as of October 1st, 2013 who have a special education or gifted IEP. Note that this calculation does not account for the severity of a student’s special need, as students with greater special needs may require increased spending to have those needs met.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • Ratio of Unrestricted-Fund Balance to Total Expenditures

    Unrestricted funds are those funds that are not required to be used for a particular purpose. This is a calculation of the amount of unrestricted funds as compared to the school's total spending. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • School Characteristics

    These school characteristics provide important context for the equity indicators included here.

  • School Climate Indicators

    School climate focuses on the experience schools create for students and families. These indicators examine the question, "Does every school establish a positive and hospitable school culture that values and supports all children and is accessible for their families?"

  • School Performance Grade

    The school performance grade is calculated by the Louisiana Department of Education based on the School Performance Score as part of Louisiana’s school accountability system. Available grades are A, B, C, D, F or T, which indicates, “Transitional” and is given to schools for the first two years after they have been taken over by new management. In some instances, the school performance grade is N/A, as certain schools, including alternative schools, are not given performance grades under the state’s current accountability system.

  • School Performance Score (SPS)

    Each year, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) calculates a School Performance Score (SPS) as part of its school accountability system. This score of 0-150 is calculated based primarily on the school’s performance on standardized tests. In high schools, additional factors are calculated in the SPS, including graduation rates, ACT composite scores and diplomas earned. It is worth noting that the majority of indicators of education equity included on this website are not factored into the current formula used by LDOE to calculate the SPS.

  • Selective Admissions

    Schools that have selective admissions require students to complete certain requirements in order to be admitted to the school. These requirements often include a demonstration of academic, artistic or linguistic aptitude as measured through a test, performance or interview. In addition to selective admissions requirements, some schools ask families to meet other requirements in order to enroll a child. These include delivery of their application and/or registration materials at a particular time, attendance at an orientation, and other requirements that can present barriers to low-income and working families.

  • Special Education

    See IEP.

  • Special Education Population

    An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that children with disabilities receiv the specialized instruction and related services that they are entitled to under federal and state law. An IEP is developed by a multidisciplinary team and revised at least once annual thereafter. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Student Information System records for the 2016-2017 school year, which is the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October 1, 2016. This student data in the October 1st reports is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Staff Characteristics

    These indicators show the makeup of the school staff, including demographic information, experience and effectiveness measures. Diverse and effective school staff who reflect the experiences and backgrounds of students are critical to a school's ability to create excellent learning experiences that affirm the fundamental dignity of every student.

  • Student Characteristics

    These indicators show the makeup of the student body, which is a sign of how accessible, welcoming and supportive a school is to students by gender, race, economic status, neighborhood, native language, special education status, educational history and housing status.

  • Student Ethnicity

    The racial makeup of the school indicates the racial breakdown of the student body as reported by the Louisiana Department of Education Student Information System. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Student Information System records for the 2013-2014 school year, which is the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October 1, 2013. This student data in the October 1st reports is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Student Gender

    The male-to-female ratio at schools indicates the gender breakdown at each school as reported by the Louisiana Department of Education Student Information System. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Student Information System records for the 2013-2014 school year, which is the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October 1, 2013. This student data in the October 1st reports is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Student Stability Rate

    Student stability is the percent of students in grades K-11 who are enrolled on October 1st and enroll in the next grade at the same school the following year if there is a grade available.

  • Student Support Staff

    Student support staff are distinct from teachers and instructional support staff, as these are staff members who are responsible for providing students with behavioral support and counseling. These usually include counselors, social workers, mental health specialists, and student deans. A school's full-time equivalent (FTE) student support staff are calculated by dividing the amount of hours a normal full-time instructional support staff member works in a week by the number of instructional support staff at a school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Student-to-Instructional Staff Ratio

    The student-to-instructional staff ratio is calculated by dividing the number of students by the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers and instructional-support staff at a school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Student-to-Pupil/Instructional-Support-Staff Ratio

    The student-pupil/instructional support staff ratio is calculated by dividing the number of students by the number of number of full-time equivalent (FTE) pupil/instructional support staff. Instructional support staff are non-teachers who have instructional responsibilities, such as para-professionals and teacher’s aides. Student support staff are distinct from teachers and instructional support staff, as these are staff members who are responsible for providing students with behavioral support and counseling. These usually include counselors, social workers, mental health specialists, and student deans. A school's support staff is calculated by dividing the amount of hours a normal full-time support staff member works in a week by the number of support staff at a school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Student-to-Teacher Ratio

    The student-teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the number of students by the number of number of full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers at a school. A school’s FTE teachers are calculated by dividing the amount of hours a normal full-time teacher works in a week (usually between 35 and 40) by the number of teachers at a school. Note that full-time equivalent teachers are distinct from administrative and non-instructional staff (i.e. principal, office manager, etc.) who may also be full-time employees at a given school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

  • Students Repeating a Grade

    This is a calculation of the percentage of students at the school who are repeating a grade. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Student Information System records for the 2013-2014 school year, which is the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October 1, 2013. This student data in the October 1st reports is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Students who are Homeless

    According to the Louisiana Department of Education, a student who is homeless is a student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including those who are sharing other people’s housing due to loss of their housing, economic hardship or other reasons. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act requires the state to ensure equal access to public education for a students who are homeless.

  • Students who Qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch

    Whether or not a student qualifies for free and reduced-priced lunch is a common measure of the economic status of students enrolled at a school. Students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunches are considered low-income by the United States Department of Agriculture. A student's family must be at 130% of the federal poverty level to qualify for a free lunch and 185% of the federal poverty level to qualify for a reduced-price lunch. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Enrollment Counts for the most recent year for which data was available. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October and February 1st annually. This student data is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Students with Guaranteed Seats Who Do Not Request Transfer

    The percent of students who attempt to transfer may be an indicator of students' and families' satisfaction with a certain school.

  • Subsidized Pre-K Children

    Louisiana has some programs available to assist low-income children with tuition for pre-kindergarten programs, which otherwise ordinarily require parents to pay tuition, even at public schools.

  • Suspensions

    In New Orleans, schools are largely free to determine when to suspend their students, and whether the suspension will be an in-school or out-of school suspension. The percentage of students receiving suspensions is an important indicator of how a school responds to behavioral issues with its students.

  • Teacher Effectiveness

    A highly effective teacher is defined by the Louisiana Department of Education based on two components reported in COMPASS, LDOE’s educator support and evaluation system: a principal or school administrator’s rating on the observational professional practice and a value-added student outcome rating calculated by LDOE based on student growth. It is worth noting that the current observation system provides no incentive for principals and school administrators to rate teachers anything other than highly effective. More information available at the Louisiana Department of Education Website.

  • Teacher Ethnicity

    The racial makeup of teachers at the school as reported by the Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel System (PEP). This data is from 2013-14, the most recent year for which data is available.

  • Teacher Experience

    Teacher experience is often used as a proxy for quality, based on the underlying assumption that more experienced teachers are more effective. Teacher experience is calculated as a percentage of the teaching staff who worked 182 days in a given school year at a given school. Teaching experience uses the first year a teacher taught in the school district, when available, and cross-references the education level and salary schedule of the teacher, the year the teacher was certified and the year the teacher received a Bachelor’s degree. The number of years of teaching experience is calculated from data from the Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel system for the 2013-2014 school year, the most recent year for which data was available.

  • Teacher Gender

    The gender makeup of teachers at the school as reported by the Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel System (PEP). This data is from 2013-14, the most recent year for which data is available.

    Data Disclaimer: A data sharing request, agreement and/or public records request is required to access this data. Those processes were executed but data was not received at time of publication. Data will be updated immediately upon receipt.

  • Teacher Highest Degree

    A teacher's highest educational degree may indicate additional expertise in a subject area. The number of years of teaching experience is calculated from data from the Louisiana Department of Education Profile of Education Personnel system for the 2015-2016 school year, the most recent year for which data was available.

  • Total Expenditures

    Total expenditures reflects the total amount of money a school spends in a year. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

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  • Total Revenue from Donations

    This shows the amount of money the school raised in the 2013-2014 school year from non-public sources. This may include private grants, individual and parent donations, fundraisers, and revenue earned from fees and other activities. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

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  • Total Students

    Information about the total number of students not only gives us information about the relative size of the school, but also allows us to better put into context information about other school data, such as educational resources, transportation capability, and student-to-teacher ratio. The data used here is drawn from the Louisiana Department of Education’s Enrollment Counts for the most recent school year for which there is publicly available data. It is based on student enrollment figures reported by each school to the Louisiana Department of Education for the reports due on October and February 1st annually. This student data is used to calculate how much funding a school should receive for that school year through Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding formula.

  • Transportation Expenditures

    This is the amount of money the school spends each year providing transportation to its students. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.

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  • Transportation Per Pupil Expenditures

    This is the total amount of money the school spends each year on transpotation divided by the number of students at the school. The data used here is drawn from the finance reports that are released annually by the Louisiana Department of Education.