Graduation rates and other New Orleans special education successes

Graduation rates and other New Orleans special education successes

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An excerpt from the article by Danielle Dreilinger:
Judging by metrics, New Orleans' special education students are now doing a lot better, though they still lag their typical peers:

  • In 2008, just 18 percent passed state exams, according to New Schools for New Orleans. But five years later, 44 percent did.
  • That 5 percent graduation rate from 2001? Last year, a full 60 percent of students with disabilities not only graduated but did so in the standard four years of high school, according to state Education Department data. That's 17 points higher than the state special education average.

The authors of a report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education were impressed at the changes and new policies. They wrote, "In the years ahead, New Orleans could be the city that shows other charter schools and school districts how all students with special needs can receive excellent services in a public school setting."

But, they cautioned, "New Orleans is rife with possibilities, but good outcomes are not guaranteed."

Read the full article.

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