Investing in the transformation of education
Long before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city was home to one of the nation’s poorest performing public education systems. Today, although much work remains to be done, New Orleans leads the nation in public education reform. As one of the largest local corporate donors, Entergy has played an important role in the turnaround. Since 2006 Entergy has invested more than $21 million to support education in Louisiana, including more than $10 million in Orleans Parish.
• Our strategic partners include:
– Teach for America
– KIPP Charter Schools
– FirstLine Schools
– New Schools for New Orleans
– City Year Louisiana
– Communities in School
– Center for School Leadership
– Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation
– Start the Adventure in Reading
Our impact is measured by the outcomes delivered by our strategic partners, both qualitative and quantitative.
• Entergy’s support impacts the lives of more than 40,000 students in South Louisiana who are in Teach for America-led classrooms. Students in TFA-led classrooms average 18 months of academic growth in a single school year.
• Entergy also touches the lives of some 4,000 students enrolled in KIPP schools, the city’s highest performing open enrollment Recovery School District schools. On average, KIPP students improve more than two grade levels in a single year. Eighty percent of KIPP graduates go on to college compared to 20 percent of their peers.
• Grants from Entergy and other funders are helping New Schools for New Orleans create an additional 15,000 high-quality seats for New Orleans schools by 2017.
• POSSE provides college preparation, access and support to enable low income minority students to attend Tier 1 universities. Ninety percent of POSSE scholars graduate from college. As a major funder for POSSE New Orleans, Entergy has helped 60 POSSE students secure $9 million in full, four-year scholarships.
• City Year Louisiana provides wraparound support services for at-risk students. Teams of educators, counselors and near-peer mentors utilize a data-driven model to identify at-risk students. Then they apply holistic interventions that take into account both student needs and family/home situations that may be barriers to learning. The results are significantly improved academic scores, increased attendance and dramatic decreases in violence/behavioral problems.
• Entergy’s support for the Blended Learning Program at First Line Schools has helped boost student performance significantly while closing the gap between per pupil state funds and per pupil costs. The program is credited with increasing ninth-grade student scores on Algebra from 24 percent passing to 67 percent passing. Eighth-grade students participating in the program scoring at or above grade level across all subjects increased 11 percent. At the same time, the program helped to reduce the funding gap between state funding and cost per pupil by 79 percent. Recurring revenues at schools that have implemented Blended Learning cover recurring expenses, thus yielding results that are sustainable over the long haul.
• Entergy’s support has been critical to our strategic partners’ ability to draw down matching federal dollars and grants from national foundations. Entergy’s investments are often leveraged 4:1 and in some cases much more. In 2013, grants from Entergy and other local funders helped New Schools for New Orleans secure $25 million in matching funds from the Arnold Foundation.