49,000 students attend public schools in New Orleans.
84 public schools and 3 school authorizers
Numbers to Celebrate
More New Orleans students are graduation from high school enrolling in college.
Expectations for students and schools have been rising.
For almost a decade, the Louisiana Department of Education has been gradually transitioning to a school accountability system based on higher expectations in order to ensure that students are truly prepared for college and the workplace. This transition has included:
- More rigorous academic standards
- More rigorous state assessments aligned with the new standards
- A raised bar for school performance score and letter grad rating policies, such as increasing the minimum expectation for LEAP achievement from “Basic” to “Mastery.”
A 2018 study by the Education Research Alliance found that the new system of schools in New Orleans has both increased student outcomes on average and improved equity.
The study estimated the effects of post-Katrina reforms on a range of student outcomes through 2014.
Student outcomes “increased substantially” after Hurricane Katrina on a metrics studied:
State Standardized Test Scores
High School Graduation Rate
College Entry Rate
College Persistence Rate
College Graduation Rate
“We are not aware of any other districts that have made such large improvements in such a short time.”
– Doug Harris, Founding Director, Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University