The New Orleans education establishment celebrated news Thursday that its schools are better than they’ve been since the state started keeping track. From next to last in the state in the months before Hurricane Katrina transformed the New Orleans school system, the city is now right in the middle of the state rankings.
The percentage of students in failing versus good schools has flipped. Before Katrina, 65 percent of students were in F schools and 20 percent in A or B schools. Now, there are 67 percent in A or B schools and fewer than 6 percent in failing schools, according to new state data. (Search school rankings.)