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

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