What We’re Listening To: New Orleanians See Remarkable Progress A Decade After Hurricane Katrina

new survey by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at how residents of New Orleans are feeling ten years after Hurricane Katrina. NPR’s Morning Edition included a story on the survey by David Greene.

Most residents believe that great progress has been made and that things are moving in the right direction but African-Americans see a lot less progress than whites.

New research published by Education Next last week looks at what has happened with public schools in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

After analyzing data on student performance, the researcher, Doug Harris concludes

For New Orleans, the news on average student outcomes is quite positive by just about any measure. The reforms seem to have moved the average student up by 0.2 to 0.4 standard deviations and boosted rates of high school graduation and college entry. We are not aware of any other districts that have made such large improvements in such a short time

– Education Next

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