By the Numbers: Student and School Performance

This fall, Louisiana’s Department of Education will release new baseline scores for schools and for student performance. As we move to the new academic standards, Educate Now! will no longer use 2005 as a comparison point. Instead, our new baseline will be the 2014-15 school year.

It’s time to focus on what’s next for New Orleans public schools, but before we move on, Educate Now! wants to thank the educators, administrators and volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to help our students succeed.

Ten years after Katrina, here’s how New Orleans public schools have changed.


The percentage of students enrolled in failing schools fell from 62% to 6%. The percentage enrolled in A or B schools increased from 13% to 37%.1
The percentage of students proficient on state tests increased from 25% to 62%.
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The percentage of Black students proficient on state tests increased from 21% to 59%, and we now outperform the state by 5 percentage points.



The percentage of students with disabilities proficient on state tests increased from 18% to 39%.
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Students with disabilities are graduating on time at a much higher rate than the state average.
2014 Graduation Rates

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The on-time graduation rate increased 19 percentage points.

More graduates are enrolling in college.3

More graduates are eligible for TOPS merit scholarships.4

Black males are graduating at a higher rate than the state and national averages.5

2014 Black Male
Graduation Rates

ACT scores improved 1.8 points even as participation rates increased.

To download a pdf version of Educate Now!’s 10-year report, click here.


1  Includes OPSB and RSD schools. In 2005, schools were given stars (1 to 5) not letter grades; for the purpose of comparison, 4 and 5 = A, 3 = B, 2 = C, 1 = D, and “Academically Unacceptable = F. T schools are schools in the first or second year of Turnaround.
2  Students with Disabilities includes any student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
3  2004 data includes in-state colleges only, but based on recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse, fewer than 5 percent of New Orleans graduates and 20% of Louisiana graduates attend out-of-state colleges.
4  TOPS provides state-funded 2- and 4-year merit-based scholarships to Louisiana public colleges and universities.
5  National is 2013 from the Schott report

All data courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Education. For more, see the 10 Years After Katrina page on their website.