Louisiana Charter Schools Renewed Despite Decreasing Test Scores

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

On October 18, 2017, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor released results of an audit of charter school renewal.

A key finding: Seven charter schools were granted renewal despite a history of falling test scores. The flaw is in the calculation of school performance scores (SPS) and corresponding letter grades. Louisiana’s middle- and high-school SPS calculations allow SPS to increase even as standardized test scores decrease.

From the auditor’s report:

[Louisiana] state law requires that “no charter shall be renewed unless the charter renewal applicant can demonstrate, using standardized test scores, improvement in the academic performance of pupils over the term of the charter school’s existence.” …

LDE currently uses a school’s SPS as the primary academic performance indicator for renewal decisions rather than determining whether the school demonstrated, using standardized test scores, improvement in its academic performance of students, as required by state law. When determining whether to recommend a charter…

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