STATEMENT: CAP’s Brown on National Assessment of Educational Progress Results
Washington, D.C. — Today results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, Trial Urban District Assessment were released. Cynthia Brown, Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for the American Progress, released the following statement:
In many ways, the Trial Urban District Assessment provides some good news, and we’re heartened that many school systems posted higher results and showed improvement. Scores were higher than in 2009 for four districts at grade 4 and six districts at grade 8 in math. This is commendable.
But the assessment also reminds us that we have a long way to go when it comes to education reform. Reading scores were largely flat across the participating districts, and despite improvements, math and reading scores in some cities remain quite low. Only 4 percent of Detroit’s eighth graders performed at grade level in math. As a nation, we must—and can—do better.
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