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  • On the Bubble of Success? The Role of LEAP Performance Thresholds in New Orleans Schools

    Events | November 12, 2014

    Louisiana, like oth­er states, holds schools account­able for the per­cent­age of stu­dents scor­ing above per­for­mance thresh­olds on state tests. For exam­ple, our schools get points toward their School Per­for­mance Scores when stu­dent…

  • Can Value-Added Measures Improve the Assessment of School Quality?

    Events | October 8, 2014

    Louisiana’s test-based account­abil­i­ty sys­tem relies on School Per­for­mance Scores (SPS) that heav­i­ly weight lev­els of stu­dent per­for­mance. This may seem like an appeal­ing strat­e­gy because it is sim­ple and suc­cess­ful­ly iden…

  • Teachers' Perceptions of Schools Before and After Katrina

    Events | September 10, 2014

    The struc­ture and gov­er­nance of New Orleans schools have changed sub­stan­tial­ly in the nine years since Hur­ri­cane Kat­ri­na. How­ev­er, it remains unclear exact­ly how schools’ prac­tices and cul­tures have changed over this time per…

  • NPR quotes Doug Harris, director of Era-New Orleans

    News | September 4, 2014

    Doug Harris comments on the upward achievement trend in New Orleans schools.

  • Lindsay Weixler


    Lind­say Bell Weixler is a Non-Res­i­dent Research Fel­low, and her research inter­ests include ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion and child and ado­les­cent devel­op­ment in edu­ca­tion­al settings. …

  • Measuring the Effects of School Closures on Students

    Events | August 13, 2014

    The deci­sion to per­ma­nent­ly close a school is one of the most con­tro­ver­sial deci­sions in pub­lic edu­ca­tion. With school clo­sures becom­ing more com­mon under poli­cies of high-stakes account­abil­i­ty and school choice, it i…