Data Policy

The Equity Index publishes data from a variety of sources. Although we strive to gather the most recent data available for each school, some pieces of information may fail to reflect present day circumstances. The Equity Index has data for schools that were operating during the 2014-2015 school year. Sources of the data are from multiple years between 2012 and 2016. The data source and year is shown for each indicator wherever possible. Where the Equity Index presents data from the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), readers should keep in mind that LDOE often does not release full data sets until one to two years after data are collected. Additionally, although the Equity Index strives to verify the information it presents, much of the data has been self-reported by the schools, and the accuracy of these data is dependent on the rigor and integrity of each school’s self-reporting efforts.

We believe that increasing the amount of data available and releasing it more quickly would allow the public to obtain important information about schools. We further believe that schools should be held accountable for failing to report data fairly and accurately. However, because some data may be outdated, we recommend that readers use the Equity Index as one of multiple sources of information regarding any given school. Above all else, anyone wishing to learn more about a school should call or visit that school for the most up-to-date and accurate information. For more information on key terms and data sources used, visit http://neworleansequityindex.org/glossary.