Just last night I was told that at one charter school in New Orleans that a 53 is considered a C. If this is true, when adding up quality points for a grade point average, this could mean that these students would meat the GPA standards for a TOPS scholarship. Since TOPS money comes from our tax revenue, wouldn’t that be fraud? Quality points should be standard across the state for purposes of TOPS, right? Even with a rigged GPA, clearly a number of students in New Orleans won’t be earning TOPS because of their low ACT scores. One would think that students who have been in the “reform” school since 5th or 6th grade would score well enough on the ACT to earn TOPS and be able to enter Louisiana’s 4 year university system. It seems to me that ACT data is an indication that perhaps the reforms aren’t all that successful after 11 years of having a Recovery School District in this state.
Also, on February 9, 2015, I challenged Jacobs’ “enormously improved” portrayal of New Orleans RSD in this post.
Among the issues I challenged were the low rates of RSD graduates eligible for scholarships through the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), as concerns scholarships to both four-year colleges/universities and two-year, community colleges.
Four-year TOPS requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core subjects and an ACT composite score at the state average, which by current TOPS standards is 20.
Two-year TOPS tech requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core subjects and a minimum ACT composite of 17.
In my February 9, 2015, post, I noted that three RSD high schools had not even one graduate eligible for even TOPS two-year tech. I…
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