NEW ORLEANS CLOSED CITY VS. STATE PROFICIENCY GAP BY MORE THAN 50% IN 5 YEARS
In 2011, the city’s schools posted the highest student performance scores to date—and the RSD maintained its Number 1 ranking in growth across the state. With its intrepid commitment to improving public schools, New Orleans continues to be recognized as a leader in urban public education reform. We hope that this begins to prove that thoughtfully designed charter sectors can deliver both quality and scale.
New Orleans Has Reduced the Percentage of Students Attending Academically Unacceptable Schools
The improvement in New Orleans schools has been remarkable, but the work is far from done. More than half (56 percent) of New Orleans students performed proficiently or better in the 2010–11 school year. Compared with 35 percent of students at grade level before the storm, this is a strong improvement, but few should be satisfied with nearly half of the student population still struggling to meet basic proficiency standards.