As you’d expect, New Orleans’ historically strong schools were again the top performers on this year’s standardized tests. But in a few grades, schools with less academic clout inched past them.

Among the standouts:

  • The B-rated KIPP Central City Academy bested several A-rated schools in math in most grades.
  • Lagniappe Academies, rated a B by the state, was the only member of the Recovery School District to have all eighth-graders pass English and math.
  • Dr. King Charter School, rated a C by the state, had more of its fourth-grade students pass English and math than every school but Lusher Charter School and Lake Forest Elementary Charter School.

The state’s Recovery School District took over all but the best schools in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In the years since, schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board have consistently scored higher than those run by the RSD.

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