The Data Story

We analyze public data to better understand the system’s impact on New Orleans student performance.

Student Performance

New Orleans has nearly eliminated failing schools.

In 2004, 60% of New Orleans students – some 40,000 children – went to a school in the bottom tenth of all Louisiana public schools based on state-issued performance scores (SPS). In 2016, just 10% of our students attended a school in the bottom tenth in Louisiana.

NOLA students attending failing schools (K - 8)

Overall performance is reaching state levels.

New Orleans students are closing the achievement gap with peers across the state.

Students who scored at grade level or above on state assessments (K - 8)

= Assessments Aligned with Higher Standards

= No Available Data (Katrina)

Academic performance among black students has improved.

Performance

Black students—typically underserved in traditional public schools—are outperforming their peers statewide on assessments.

Students who scored at grade level or above on state assessments (K - 8)

= Assessments Aligned with Higher Standards

2015 Graduation Rate

Black students in New Orleans are graduating at rates higher than their peers across Louisiana, and the country as a whole.

Schools are supporting students with special needs.

For generations, New Orleans struggled to provide adequate educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Autonomous schools are making tremendous progress, but we know that this is only the beginning.

Performance

Students who scored at grade level or above on state assessments (K - 8)

= *Testing change: all students with disabilities required to take more rigorous state exams.

2015 Graduation Rate

The Road Ahead

We don’t confuse progress with success.

New Orleans has made impressive progress, but only 1-in-3 students perform at “Mastery” level
—a key indicator of college readiness in elementary and middle school.

= No Available Data (Katrina)

ACT scores are nearing the statewide average, but not yet meeting the college-ready bar.

Composite ACT scores (2005, 2010-2016)

ACT scores are at an all time high, even with more students taking the test than ever before. But there is more work to be done to help students reach a 23, the score indicating college-readiness.