In 2017, Stanford researchers analyzed school district academic growth from 2009-2015. They examined 11,000 districts. New Orleans ranked 7th out of the top 200 large urban districts. It was the only city in the top 10 to serve a majority African-American student body.
New Orleans was the second lowest-performing school district in Louisiana and plagued by mismanagement.
Math and Reading scores in New Orleans ranked
And in 2003 the city had a graduation rate of only 54%.
State leaders implemented sweeping reforms
We are not aware of any other districts that have made such large improvements in such a short time.”
New Orleans students used to perform much worse than the rest of Louisiana. Just six years after Hurricane Katrina, this gap was nearly eliminated.
Post-secondary outcomes are also on the rise
High school graduation rates
College entry rates
In 2017, Stanford researchers studied the academic growth of 11,000 school districts.
Of the top ten cities, it is the only city that serves a majority African-American student body.
A separate study released in 2019 by Stanford researchers found that New Orleans students continue to outpace similar students across the state. In most cities, education gains are short-lived. In New Orleans, over ten years after the reforms began, the system continues to improve.
But the work isn’t done. Over the coming years it will be vital to ensure that the academic gains seen in New Orleans lead to good jobs and expanded opportunity.