ERIC Number: ED360364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Norm-Referenced Test Results of the New Orleans Public Schools: A Comprehensive Report on Their Relationship to Major Student Characteristics.
New Orleans Public Schools, Louisiana. Dept. of Educational Accountability.
The California Achievement Test (CAT) has been administered in Orleans Parish (Louisiana) annually each spring to gauge performance of New Orleans Public Schools students since 1989. In 1992, the CAT was given to students in kindergarten and grades 3, 5, and 8. With few exceptions, median percentiles for New Orleans students were below the 40th percentile, although dividing students into low-risk and high-risk groups gives a clearer picture of what the schools accomplish. Test results must be related to major student factors such as retention, Chapter 1 participation, absenteeism, suspensions, expulsions, free lunch status, welfare, etc., to gain a more meaningful understanding of true achievement. Retention does not seem to have any beneficial effect on students retained at the first grade level. The long-term benefits of Chapter 1 and prekindergarten experiences are questionable and merit further study. Absenteeism is a serious problem in the New Orleans schools, and it, along with instructional variables, must be examined for its relationship to test results. The tendency to associate low socioeconomic status automatically with poor scores must be reexamined to avoid stereotyping these students. The school district must begin to develop a student database management system to improve further research. Sixteen tables present test results, and nine figures make comparisons possible. Six appendixes provide additional details about test results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Attendance, Compensatory Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Norm Referenced Tests, Public Schools, School Districts, Scores, Socioeconomic Status, Standardized Tests, Student Characteristics, Test Results
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Orleans Public Schools, Louisiana. Dept. of Educational Accountability.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Achievement Tests