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New Orleans Schools, 10 Years After Katrina: Beacon Or Warning?

The most recent set of research reports, issued in July by Douglas Harris of the Education Research Alliance, confirms what the state, city and other organizations have repeatedly said: “The performance of New Orleans students shot upward after the reforms.” It’s not just about higher test scores. The researchers find that, “relative to the state as a whole, the New Orleans high school graduation rate and college entry rate (among high school graduates) rose 10 and 14 percentage points.” Not only that: “The number of suspensions and expulsions has dropped since the reforms.” And, Harris and his co-authors conclude, “We are not aware of any other districts that have made such large improvements in such a short time.”