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The Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) is a state turnaround district whose mission is for all students to attain a college degree or a professional career. The RSD has been nationally recognized as one of the most innovative public school districts in the country due to its unique system of governance, which supports autonomy and encourages innovation while ensuring accountability. The average School Performance Score for all RSD schools has increased from 60.4 in 2008 to 73.6 in 2012, a 22% increase, while the state average increased by 17% over the same period of time. Since 2007, the number of students performing at grade level in New Orleans RSD schools has more than doubled, rising from 23% to 51%.
Created by legislation passed in 2003, the RSD is designed to take the lowest-performing schools from across the state and transform them by identifying top school leaders and teachers to operate the schools, giving those staff members the freedom to educate children as they know best, and giving parents the power to choose the schools that are best for their children. The majority of schools in the RSD are located in New Orleans due to legislation enacted after Hurricane Katrina, but low-performing schools throughout the state can be placed in the RSD by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). In the 2013-14 school year, the RSD will directly operate 15 schools and oversee 60 charter schools.