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 nola.com | The Times-Picayune, published July 1, 2018.  Throughout its history, our hometown of New Orleans, like much… Read More

2018 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award Winners Announced


Click here to watch students talk about our 2018 NOETA Award Winners! New Schools for New Orleans launched the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award four years ago to honor the incredible educators throughout New Orleans, whose contributions rarely make headlines, but… Read More

OPSB passes Charter School Accountability Framework


  This summer marks a milestone: the transition of oversight and management of New Orleans Public Schools from the Recovery School District (RSD) to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). We have been leading up to this moment for two… Read More

Progress and Potential in Increased College-Going Rates for New Orleans


Progress: Rise in State Rankings Yesterday, the Louisiana Department of Education published this year’s college-going rates across the state. Congratulations are in order; New Orleans has climbed in the statewide rankings, moving up eight spots from last year. In 2017, roughly… Read More

Op-Ed: The problem isn’t OneApp, it’s a need for more good schools


CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, Patrick Dobard, wrote the following op-ed for nola.com | The Times-Picayune, published May 11, 2018.  We face a sobering reality: access to education in this country is unequal. This isn’t fair, and in… Read More

Reflecting on the 2017 Cohort Graduation Rates


Today, the Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District released the 4-year graduation rates for our city. The rate of students graduating with their peers is just one marker of a district’s success, but it is the most fundamental indicator… Read More

Teaching students to love and understand science


Christy Swauncy is the 7th grade Lead and Science Teacher at KIPP Central City Academy and a winner of the 2017 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and has been teaching for 13 years…. Read More

An update from Maggie and Michael


Colleagues, Over the last year, we have worked with Patrick, our board, and the full NSNO team to develop a clear set of priorities and a strategy to move student achievement forward into the next decade. Now, after a combined 18 years… Read More