I spent a few hours digging into the recently released 2015 NAEP TUDA data. The results didn’t get much media coverage. That’s a shame because these are the best assessments for understanding student performance in (and comparing the results of) America’s biggest urban districts.
It’s a treasure trove of information, and it tells hundreds of stories. I encourage you to get into the numbers and see what pops for you.
I tried to condense my big takeaways into six headlines and images.
1. We’ve been trying to improve urban districts for half a century. These are the results. No district is able to get even one in five black kids up to proficiency in eighth-grade math or reading.
2. Across the participating districts, there has been meager progress in both subjects and both grades for more than a decade.
3. A few districts, however, have made gains over time, most notably Atlanta, Chicago, D.C., and Los Angeles. They deserve credit.
4. Instances of progress deserve attention because progress is not guaranteed. For example,...