A (slightly) rising tide in New Orleans: Results from annual exams in Louisiana indicate that 53% of African-American students in New Orleans scored at grade level, topping the Louisiana state average of 51% proficiency for all black students, reports the Times-Picayune. By contrast, four years ago 32% of New Orleans' African American students tested at grade level. Better schooling? Other changes? We'd love to hear your thoughts if you're in the New Orleans district.