Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans public schools were the worst in the state. Now scores for blacks, low-income students and special-ed students are improving more rapidly than scores statewide. The city’s black students have made the greatest gains and now outperform blacks elsewhere in Louisiana.
That’s a milestone, writes the Times-Picayune. Only four years ago, the city’s students were well behind the state average. The trend “began after the state takeover of most New Orleans public schools and the seismic shift to mostly independent charter schools.”