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Today (Nov. 8), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the 2017-2018 School Performance Scores (SPS), school letter grades, and progress index scores. Scores revealed that nearly 80 percent of district schools received a progress index score of “A” or “B” for the 2017- 2018 school year.

“This year’s School Performance Scores, particularly the newer Progress Index Score, reflect the hard work of our teachers and students in Orleans Parish. Progress is being made and we need to continue building from that foundation,” said Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “This is a new day and a new district, and these scores will serve as the new baseline for our unified district.”

Of the schools in the district, not including those that were recently closed or are alternative schools, 61 percent received a score of “C” or better.

“These gains are modest, but important because they tell us that we are headed in the right direction. We know that we still have a long way to go, but this board is committed to doing what is necessary for the students and families of our city,” said OPSB President John A. Brown, Sr.

Do you want to know more about how Charter Schools are created? NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) knows that you share our vested interest in high-quality public schools. At NOLA-PS we are sincerely committed to transparency, high-quality schools, and actively engaging our community in order to make the best decisions for our children. Our top priority is to ensure the public is well-informed about the charter application process and requirements.

The NOLA-PS team is looking forward to hosting two informational sessions on Wednesday, December 11, 2019:

  • Mahalia Jackson Community Center (2405 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans 70113) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Algiers Regional Library (3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans, 70131) from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The presentation will also be published on the District website. The sessions are open to the public, so if you are interested in opening a charter school in the future or just want to learn more about the process, please join us as we enhance your knowledge about the charter application process and requirements. Please follow this link for additional information. 

If you have questions, you can contact NOLA-PS by emailing Kristine Barker, Director of Portfolio Innovation at: or call: 504-359-9580.

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Orleans Parish School Board will consider the impact of increased property assessments in the city and decide whether to roll millages forward to meet financial needs. There will be a public hearing at 3:00pm and a special board meeting that same day at 5:30pm. The Millage FAQ flyer explains how public schools in Orleans parish are funded and how a millage roll forward will further impact of schools.

Act 274 (SB 158) mandates the creation of a Special Education Advisory Council by every school district and charter school. Per this legislative requisite, NOLA Public Schools is accepting applications for membership on the Special Education Advisory Council.

This council will meet at a minimum of three (3) times per year to provide advice and recommendations regarding special education policies, procedures, and resources. 

The council will also engage in outreach activities to the community at large to increase the level of knowledge, support, and collaboration with respect to special education.

Members are being sought from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Parents or legal guardians of students with disabilities enrolled in NOLA Public Schools
  • School Leaders, Special Education Teachers, and Special Education ParaEducators employed in Orleans Parish
  • Special Education Stakeholders
    • Adults with disabilities
    • Self-advocates (high school students with disabilities)
    • Members of organizations serving students with disabilities
    • Employers of students with disabilities

If you are interested in becoming a member of the NOLA Public Schools’ Special Education Advisory Council, please complete our online application at:

If you require a paper application, please contact our Exceptional Children’s Services Team via email at or via telephone at 504-304-4988.

Applications are due by December 13, 2019.

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