NEW ORLEANS

Citywide Education Progress Report

Key Takeaways: Student and School Outcomes

Between 2012 and 2015, New Orleans’ school proficiency rates improved in reading and math, relative to the state. The city is about at the national average when it comes to how well it educates low-income students, and all students are proportionately enrolled in advanced math coursework in high school. Graduation rates remained mostly flat.

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Is the education system continuously improving?

► In 2013-14, the city’s graduation rate was about on par with the state’s.

Data: Percent of first-time 9th grade students graduating in four years, citywide and statewide.
Source: EDFacts Initiative, U.S. Department of Education, Assessment and Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates Data, 2010-11 to 2013-14.

► Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the math proficiency gap between the city and state was closing. In 2014-15 the city’s proficiency rate was 2 percentage points below the state’s.

Data: The city’s estimated gains in proficiency rates across elementary and middle schools, standardized at the state level and controlling for student demographics.
Source: Louisiana State performance data, 2011-12 to 2014-15


► Under reading gains chart, use this caption: Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the reading proficiency gap between the city and state was closing. In 2014-15 the city’s proficiency rate was 4 percentage points below the state’s.

Data: The city’s estimated gains in proficiency rates across elementary and middle schools, standardized at the state level and controlling for student demographics.
Source: Louisiana State performance data, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


Do students have access to a high-quality education?

► The Education Equality Index (EEI) identifies how students from low-income families are performing in cities and schools across the country. See this interactive tool to explore individual school performance.

Data: The Education Equality Index (EEI) was supplied by Education Cities and GreatSchools. See their site for more detail.
Sources: Louisiana State performance data, 2010-11 to 2014-15; National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2010-11 to 2014-15.


► New Orleans’ EEI score is in the Average category. Students from low-income families in New Orleans are performing somewhat worse in math and reading than low-income students nationally.

Data: The Education Equality Index (EEI) was supplied by Education Cities and GreatSchools. See their site for more detail.
Sources: Louisiana State performance data, 2010-11 to 2014-15; National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2010-11 to 2014-15.


► In 2013-14, all student sub-groups were enrolled in advanced math coursework at similar rates as the total high school population.

Data: Enrollment of students in math courses above Algebra II. Rates calculated by dividing the number of students enrolled in advanced math by the number of students in the school. Sub-group rates determined at the school level.
Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Data Collection 2013-2014.

Data & Scoring

Where did we get this data?

► Publicly available state and federal data, making our results comparable and reproducible.

► The most up-to-date data available for all 18 cities at the time of our data collection. See Methodology & Resources for more information.

What makes the data citywide?

► We include all charter and district schools within the municipal boundary of a city.

► In Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio we use school data from multiple districts within the municipal boundary.

Background

About New Orleans

After more than 10 years of overseeing a majority of the city’s charter schools, Louisiana’s Recovery School District (RSD) is transferring its 49 schools back to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) by July 2018 under a unification plan (Act 91). This transition will mark the next chapter of the city’s work to transform how public schools are governed and operated.

School Choice in the City

All New Orleans schools are open enrollment, with some that have selective enrollment. There are neighborhood zones for a share of spaces at most schools, but families are still able to apply to any school across the city using the OneApp process.

Governance Model

This past year (2017-18), New Orleans schools were either overseen by the Orleans Parish School Board or the Recovery School District.

2015 District and Charter Student Body

Enrollment: 43,948 students
Race and ethnicity: 87% black, 7% other (including Hispanic), 6% white 
Low-income: 84% free and reduced-price lunch

2017 School Composition

Source: Enrollment data from EDFacts, 2014-15.
School data from researcher analysis of public records, 2016-17.

 

 

 

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.