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Babineau, Kate; Karapetyan, Arpi; Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute, 2020
For the past 12 years, the Cowen Institute has published the "State of Public Education in New Orleans" ("SPENO") on a near annual basis. During that time, the purpose, content, and audience of the report have evolved. This edition of the report is a snapshot of public education in the current academic year using aggregated…
Descriptors: Public Education, Academic Achievement, Boards of Education, Governance
Cowen Institute, 2020
The Cowen Institute has conducted annual polls on perceptions of public education in New Orleans since 2007. These polls have served to provide insight on how parents and the general public feel about the highly decentralized K-12 public education system in New Orleans. Over time, we have monitored views on a wide range of topics, including school…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Parent Attitudes, Public Education
Babineau, Kate; Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute, 2019
This report provides an introduction to the role and responsibilities of charter boards in the New Orleans public education system. Geared towards families, it explains the difference between charter boards and the Orleans Parish School Board, provides a list of all operational charter boards in the city, and answers some common questions…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Governing Boards, Administrator Responsibility, Governance
Cowen Institute, 2019
The first few years after high school are often viewed as crucial, laying the groundwork for the rest of a young person's life. Decisions made between the ages of 18-24 often guide further steps in a young person's life and can influence their ability to establish a satisfying and financially sustaining career. With that in mind, our new site,…
Descriptors: Young Adults, High School Graduates, Postsecondary Education, Economic Opportunities
Babineau, Kate; Hand, Dave; Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute, 2018
This annual report, The State of Public Education in New Orleans, has been the Institute's flagship publication, capturing as much information as possible about our schools in a single document. This year's report will continue that tradition, but with more of an eye towards the future and what comes next for our schools. The unification of…
Descriptors: Public Education, Academic Achievement, Scores, Comparative Analysis
Babineau, Kate – Cowen Institute, 2018
Access to and persistence through higher education can significantly impact occupational stability and mental wellness in the United States (U.S.), with higher levels of education contributing to increased employability and wellness. Empirical research suggests that college attendance improves verbal communication, moral reasoning, and critical…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Persistence, College Students, First Generation College Students
Babineau, Kate – Cowen Institute, 2017
Nationally, there are dozens of established indicators of school performance and thousands of possible combinations of those indicators to create an accountability framework. How do policy makers decide which variables are most important? This relates to measurement modeling -- that is, how to incorporate all pieces of the puzzle into a…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Educational Assessment, Accountability, Best Practices
Babineau, Kate – Cowen Institute, 2017
The Cowen Institute has a deep commitment to helping students in New Orleans access financial aid for college. They have previously monitored Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates in New Orleans and Atlanta, provided resources to help FAFSA completion, and currently convene collaboratives of college counselors and youth…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Best Practices, Guides, Nontraditional Students
Babineau, Kate; Hand, Dave; Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute, 2017
The report is the Institute's annual analysis of the city's unique and ever-evolving public education system. This year's report finds that school performance scores continues to increase, while areas for improvement and progress remain. The report also assesses the impact that RSD-OPSB school unification will likely have on students and families.…
Descriptors: Public Education, Academic Achievement, Scores, Comparative Analysis
Babineau, Kate; Hand, Dave; Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute, 2016
On August 30, 2016, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) released their Unification Plan to the public. The plan provides detail about Act 91 and the impending changes for local schools, teachers, parents, and students. The plan is necessarily detailed, providing an abundance of information on scheduling,…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, School District Reorganization, Charter Schools
Hand, Dave – Cowen Institute, 2016
The Recovery School District (RSD) was created by Louisiana legislators in 2003 for the purpose of transforming schools with a history of failure by placing them under state control and oversight. The RSD's scope was expanded in 2005 to allow it to take over the lowest performing schools in Louisiana. This had its most profound impact on New…
Descriptors: School Districts, School Turnaround, Board of Education Role, Elementary Secondary Education
Hand, Dave; Sims, Patrick – Cowen Institute, 2015
Common Core is at the forefront of contemporary education discussions in the United States. In the coming years, its adoption and implementation will be critical in defining what and how American students learn. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) raise K-12 academic benchmarks, thereby requiring schools and districts to adopt new curricula and…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Federal Aid
Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute, 2015
People learn by doing. This is the idea at the heart of apprenticeship, where lessons in the classroom are reinforced by on-the-job training, resulting in education that transcends the textbook and extends to physical and even cultural learning. Students get paid, and employers get custom-trained talent. For Louisiana, the opportunity of…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, On the Job Training, Labor Force Development, Program Effectiveness
Rossmeier, Vincent; Sims, Patrick – Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, 2015
Since 2009, the Cowen Institute has conducted an annual poll to assess public perception of the public education system in New Orleans. The survey results in this report highlight the notion that, while progress has been made in New Orleans' public education, there is still room for improvement. The majority of respondents believe that charter…
Descriptors: Adults, Parent Attitudes, Public Education, Public Opinion
Rossmeier, Vincent – Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, 2015
The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds programs that connect and assist job seekers with training, support, and education services so that they can find and maintain employment. Services funded by WIOA will be available to job seekers of all ages, including the chronically unemployed, the disabled, displaced workers, and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Labor Force Development, Labor Legislation, Educational Opportunities
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