NAEP Releases Data for Urban Districts


“The status quo in urban education has ended, and it’s being replaced by progress.”

That was Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council of Great City Schools, at this morning’s press release of NAEP’s 2007 assessment results for 11 of the largest U.S. cities. This “Trial Urban District Assessment” (TUDA) showed significant gains in mathematics achievement for 4th and 8th graders in the urban districts assessed, while reading results were more modest and less consistent across these districts. Overall, the results showed low-income and minority students in urban districts performing at or above the level of similar students, nationwide.

Darvin Winick, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, said these results beg the question, “If some urban districts can foster achievement across student subgroups, why can’t others?” Winick and others called for more research to isolate exactly what factors contributed to or detracted from the success of students from diverse, and often high-needs, urban settings.

To explore the complete results and to download the reports, visit:

To read the executive summary of The Nation’s Report Card: TUDA Mathematics 2007 and to download the PDF file, see:

For the The Nation’s Report Card: TUDA Reading 2007, see: