Curious About Education in New Orleans? Look to our Teachers


By Richard Kisack Richard Kisack Jr. is a junior at Brandeis University working towards the completion of his politics major and creative writing minor. He was born and raised in New Orleans. He enjoys eating well-seasoned food and thinking about… Read More

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – September 2018


Our Views: Hurricane Katrina made New Orleans’ charter schools success possible The New Orleans Advocate | August 3:  The Editorial Board at The Advocate looks at the Education Research Alliance (ERA) report showing the success of New Orleans charter schools…. Read More

New Orleans Outperforms the State in “Top Growth” in Math and in All Subgroups


The Louisiana Department of Education has released initial data showing student progress results from the 2017-18 school year. As part of this first year of implementation of Louisiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, school performance will be measured using a revised… Read More

Standards-Aligned Curriculum: Progress and Potential for Teachers and Students in NOLA


Excellent curriculum is a matter of educational equity. Today in America, white and more affluent students have more educational opportunity than their peers of color or students from low-income backgrounds. Achievement outcomes follow; metrics like performance on national tests and graduation… Read More

In Case You Missed It – August 2018


A Plea for a Fact-Based Debate About Charter Schools | New York Times: David Leonhardt wrote a follow-up piece to his opinion on the New Orleans education turnaround looking at some of the ways we should think about the national… Read More

New York Times Opinion: How New Orleans Is Helping Its Students Succeed


New York Times Opinion How New Orleans Is Helping Its Students Succeed The New Orleans turnaround shows the power of giving more freedom to teachers and principals — and then holding them accountable for their performance.   By David Leonhardt  Photographs… Read More

ERA’s New Report: Reforms Brought Measurable Progress


Today, a powerful new report on over a decade of education reform in New Orleans was released. The findings are unequivocal: reform brought significant progress across the board. Scholars Douglas Harris and Matthew Larsen at Tulane University’s Education Research Alliance for New… Read More

LEAP 2025 Results Released: As Expectations Rise, NOLA Scores Remain Flat


The Louisiana Department of Education has released the results of the 2017-18 LEAP 2025 assessments for grades 3-12. These assessments measure student performance on Louisiana standards in English language arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies. These results reflect the first year… Read More

OP-ED: New Orleans must keep looking forward in education


Walter Isaacson, former CEO of the Aspen Institute, and Patrick Dobard, CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, wrote the following op-ed for | The Times-Picayune, published July 1, 2018.  Throughout its history, our hometown of New Orleans, like much… Read More