New Report: How Do School Leaders Respond to Competition?

According to POLITICO Pro, schools in New Orleans felt so much pressure to compete with other schools in the district that about one third of them said they deliberately selected or excluded certain students.

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans released a report in which they conducted about 70 interviews with administrators from about 30 randomly selected schools during the 2012-2013 academic year, including 22 charter schools and eight district schools.

“The combined pressure to enroll a greater number of students and raise test scores to meet state targets seems to have created perverse incentives, encouraging the practice of screening and selecting students,” the report says.

The report titled “How Do School Leaders Respond to Competition?” found that 29 out of 30 schools felt pressure to compete for students because “every kid is money” referring to the need for more funding. Larger student numbers equal more government money for schools.

The New Orleans’ centralized enrollment system called OneApp may decrease the ability for schools to screen for certain students.

Read the full report here