Monday, The Lens detailed how teachers prepare to administer annual standardized tests. They must follow the state’s proctoring rules or risk being fired.

Teachers could also be fired if their students don’t score well.

Right now, teachers are judged subjectively — at the beginning of the year, the principal and a teacher discuss how well they think kids will do on tests. But going forward, teachers will be judged on whether their students meet expected outcomes on tests, based on their past performance, behavior and other variables.


This story was produced in collaboration with WWNO-FM, New Orleans’ NPR affiliate.

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams stays on top of the city's loosely organized collection of public schools, with a special emphasis on charter schools. In 2011 she was recognized by the Press Club of New Orleans for her reporting on charter school transparency and governance. In 2012, she was part of a team that received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for their work following a New Orleans family's recovery after Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Edna Karr Secondary School in Algiers, and she obtained her bachelors degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. She can be reached at (504) 575-8191.