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NEW ORLEANS – (July 03, 2019) – In June, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) approved a proposal establishing four athletic zones for high school students based on their residence impacting freshmen and transferring students only.

Impacted student athletes residing in certain zip codes are only eligible to participate in athletics at the respective schools within the athletic attendance zone. For example, a student athlete that resides in 70127 will be eligible to participate in varsity athletics at Carver, Einstein, Livingston Prep, Sci Academy, St. Mary’s, KIPP Renaissance and Martin Luther King High School.

The new athletic zones will be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year and will only impact 9th grade and transfer students for the upcoming school year and thereafter. All 10th-11th grade student athletes that return to their school will be eligible regardless of their residence. Additionally, 9th grade and transfer students will be eligible to play junior varsity sports if they reside outside of the approved athletic attendance zone.

The new athletic zones are as follows:

ATTENDANCE ZONE 1

ATTENDANCE ZONE 2

ATTENDANCE ZONE 3

ATTENDANCE ZONE 4

Click here for a map including the changes to the athletic attendance zones.

ABOUT OPSB: The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, three direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, 2018, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.

NEW ORLEANS – (May 15, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Education announced graduation rates across the state with Orleans Parish Schools showing remarkable improvement. According to the Department of Education, the citywide graduation rate has increased by nearly five percentage points, rising from 72.9 percent in 2017 to 77.8 percent in 2018. This rate of improvement outpaces average growth made statewide, setting Orleans Parish apart from other parishes across the state.

Table 1: Orleans Parish Cohort Graduation Rate over time

2016 2017 2018
Orleans Parish 72.1% 72.9% 77.8%
Louisiana 77.0% 78.2% 81.4%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Most notably, the city’s impact with Economically Disadvantaged students and Students with Disabilities exceeded the state average for those students who graduated on time in 2018. In New Orleans, 76.4 percent of Economically Disadvantaged students in the class of 2018, compared to 75.5 percent statewide graduated on time. Graduating Students with Disabilities in New Orleans exceeded the state average by 6.5 percentage points, with 65.8 percent graduating on time compared to 59.3 percent statewide in 2018.

Additionally, the improvement citywide was also mirrored across specific sub-groups. New Orleans saw increases for African-American, Economically Disadvantaged, Students with Disabilities, and English Learners, ranging from 3.6 to 10.5 percentage points between 2017 and 2018. The largest gains came from Students with Disabilities. In 2017, the cohort graduation rate for students with disabilities was 55.3 percent, compared to 65.8 percent in 2018.

Table 2: Orleans Parish Cohort Graduation Rate – By Subgroup

All students African-American students Economically disadvantaged students Students with disabilities English Learners
2016 72.1% 70.7% 72.4% 47.1% 50.9%
2017 72.9% 71.6% 72.8% 55.3% 30.9%
2018 77.8% 78.0% 76.4% 65.8% 35.6%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Compared to other similarly sized districts, New Orleans continues to have the highest graduation rate.

Table 3: Orleans Parish compared to large Louisiana Districts

Orleans Parish East Baton Rouge + RSD Jefferson Parish
2017 72.9% 66.1% 71.8%
2018 77.8% 71.7% 73.4%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Orleans Parish also outperforms large Louisiana districts for graduation outcomes for Students with Disabilities.

Table 4: Orleans Parish compared to large Louisiana Districts-Subgroup

African-American students Economically disadvantaged students Students with disabilities English Learners
Orleans Parish 78.0% 76.4% 65.8% 35.6%
Jefferson Parish 76.6% 69.9% 35.9% 30.8%
East Baton Rouge + RSD 71.1% 64.7% 46.5% 22.4%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

“As a unified school system in New Orleans, we have reason to be proud of our rising graduation rate. Excellent progress is being made every day, especially for our students most in need. These outcomes reflect the hard work of our students and educators along with the support of our families and the community-at-large, working together to ensure every student graduates on time and prepared for the future,” said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

“While our system of schools must be relentlessly focused on ensuring every student is prepared to meet the demands for graduation, these new outcomes indicate our elementary schools and high schools across the city continue to stand out among their counterparts statewide. Their results showcase our educators’ excellent work in helping students graduate on time and preparing them for college and future careers,” said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

ABOUT OPSB: The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, three direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.

For more information, visit www.opsb.us. For updates, follow OPSB on FacebookInstagram @orleansparishschoolboard and Twitter @_OPSB.

The district received a ratings boost from S&P Global Ratings

NEW ORLEANS – (Feb. 19, 2019) – The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is pleased to report that as of Feb. 1, S&P Global Ratings raised our underlying rating (SPUR) for the district’s existing general obligation bonds from A+ to AA-. At the same time, S&P Global affirmed the ‘AA-‘ underlying rating on the OPSB series 2011B revenue bonds.

S&P Global also reported that for the next two years, the OPSB’s financial outlooks are ‘stable’.

“The upgrade reflects the OPSB’s maintenance of very strong fund balances, which have exceeded 100 percent of operating expenditures for the last 10 years,” said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Joyce Jung. “It is our expectation that the reserves will remain at the current level for the next two years.”

“This report is a direct result of the hard work we’ve been undertaking to get the district’s financial holdings in excellent standing, and it reflects our commitment and will to effectively, fairly and transparently steward resources for public education,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

The OPSB’s Budget and Finance Committee holds monthly meetings. For more information, click here.

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New Orleans is the only city that outperformed its state in mathematics and reading for the majority of the years studied

NEW ORLEANS – (May 7, 2019) – This past week, Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released their City Studies Project report, which identified New Orleans public school students’ as achieving significantly more growth in reading and math than the state average. The report compared New Orleans to ten other cities across the country to examine the impact of the charter schools upon overall student academic performance.

Based on these findings, New Orleans is the only city that outperformed its state in both reading and math for the majority of years studied. In reading, New Orleans students experienced stronger learning gains in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 compared to the Louisiana’s average learning gains. In math, New Orleans students posted greater learning gains in 2014-15, similar progress in 2015-16, and stronger growth in 2016-17 compared to the state average.

“Our vision for the school district is that every student receives a high-quality education that fosters his or her individual capabilities,” said Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “Thanks to the diligent work of our teachers and faculty, this is no longer just a vision – it’s becoming our district’s reality. Our goal in the next five years is to increase our students’ math proficiency from 25 percent to 35 percent and reading proficiency from 34 percent to 45 percent as well as increase the share of students at or above grade level in reading and math. This study is evidence of our commitment to fulfill that goal and continue improving public education in New Orleans for all students and families.”

Courtesy of New Schools for New Orleans

How did New Orleans students' grow in reading & math compare to the state average? Year 2014-2015 more growth in reading and math. Year 2015-2016 more growth in reading and similar growth in math. Year 2016-2016 more growth in reading and math.

New Orleans is the only city that outperformed its state in mathematics and reading for the majority of

Additionally, the study found that New Orleans is also the only city where black students, students in poverty and students with disabilities outperformed their peers statewide in 2016 – 2017. In math, black students attending all types of New Orleans public schools grew more than the average for black students statewide. In reading, the yearly growth of black students was similar to the state average. Black students attending public charter schools in New Orleans, however, outperformed the state averages in both subjects; and over 90 percent of black public school students in New Orleans attended charters in 2016-17. In both reading and math, students living in poverty as well as students with disabilities academically surpassed the state in 2016-2017.

Courtesy of New Schools for New Orleans

the years studied

New Orleans Student Learning Gains Beyond State Average 2016-17. Students in poverty need 5 weeks of additional learning in reading and 8 in math. Students with disabilities need 8 weeks in reading and math. Black students need 5 weeks in reading and 8 weeks in math.

New Orleans is the only city that outperformed its state in mathematics and reading for the majority of

For each city CREDO studies, students’ yearly academic growth is compared to average learning gains of the state in which the city is located, also outlined by subject (reading and math) and student subgroups, such as race and socioeconomic class.

For more information on CREDO’s City Studies Project, click here.

To read the summary of findings on New Orleans, click here.


ABOUT OPSB: The OPSB currently oversees 79 public schools, including 75 charter schools, two direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. 

For more information, visit www.opsb.us. For updates, follow OPSB on FacebookInstagram @orleansparishschoolboard and Twitter @_OPSB.

Today (Jan. 4), the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and the Center for Resilience (previously known as the New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program) announced a new partnership aimed at addressing gaps in mental health supports in the city, while also implementing trauma-informed programming to New Orleans public school students in need.  Currently, the Center for Resilience (the CFR) is the only day treatment program in Louisiana and offers academic and mental health services for children in Orleans Parish in grades K-8 with moderate to significant, diagnosed behavioral health disabilities. Schools refer children to the CFR who continue to struggle in a traditional school setting even after multiple school-level interventions and supports.

In New Orleans, 60 percent of children suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and are 4.5 times more likely than their peers nationwide to show signs of Serious Emotional Disturbance. The CFR responds to this severe need for behavioral and mental health interventions for children in the Greater New Orleans area by providing evidence-based, individualized mental health and educational services and placement to students whose needs cannot be met in a traditional school setting.

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