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What Effect Did the Post-Katrina School Reforms Have on Student Outcomes?

July 28, 2016

ERA-New Orleans Director Doug Harris analyzes early evidence that shows post-Katrina school reforms are lifting student achievement.

The school reforms put in place in New Orleans after Hur­ri­cane Kat­ri­na rep­re­sent the most inten­sive test-based and mar­ket-based school account­abil­i­ty sys­tem ever cre­at­ed in the Unit­ed States. Ten years lat­er, the study What Effect Did the Post-Kat­ri­na Reforms Have on Stu­dent Out­comes? by Doug Har­ris and Matthew Larsen pro­vides the first exam­i­na­tion of the effects of these reforms on stu­dent achievement.