NEW ORLEANS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE HAS RAPIDLY INCREASED
In 2005, Orleans Parish ranked 67th of 68 school districts in Louisiana (3rd percentile); today, New Orleans ranks at the 47th percentile and is on pace to become the first high-poverty urban district in the country to surpass the average proficiency in its state.
The number of New Orleans students who have the opportunity to attend college continues to rise. ACT scores are improving faster than state and national averages, and as a result the percentage of New Orleans students eligible for TOPS scholarships is growing at a significant rate. In 2012,39.1% of graduating seniors surpassed the eligibility standards for post-secondary scholarships. New Orleans is on the verge of exceeding the state average of students eligible for TOPS scholarships.