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What Do We Need to Know? A Research Agenda for New Orleans Schools

Douglas N. Harris, Director of Era-New Orleans

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
12:00–1:00 pm
Tulane Medical School Building
1555 Poydras St.
New Orleans LA
Across from the Superdome Map and directions

There are arguably three big questions about the New Orleans school system: First, how well is it working overall? Second, how are the various pieces of the system working? Third, how can the system be made to work better? These questions are all interconnected. In particular, we cannot judge well how to make the system work better without first knowing how well the various pieces are already working and contributing to the overall effects. This leads to a host of more specific questions: Regarding overall efficacy, what effect have the reforms had on student learning during school, college attendance, college graduation, and longer term outcomes like employment? Regarding the pieces, what roles have been played by the new teachers who have come to the city, school leaders and charter operators, increased autonomy, and test-based accountability? In addition to discussing the questions themselves, Doug Harris, director of Education Research Alliance (Era), will focus the discussion on the challenges involved in answering them and how Era will try to meet these challenges.

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