The newly released NAEP Trial Urban District
Assessment (TUDA) 2009 results for science in our major cities offer no
condolences: Of the seventeen large urban districts that participated, none
fared better than the national mean. Only three attained the national average
on the fourth grade test (Austin, Charlotte, and Jefferson County, KY); for the
eighth grade test, that number drops to one (Austin). Much more disheartening: Cleveland
and Detroit each claim only 4 percent proficiency in science in fourth grade. As this was the
first NAEP TUDA administered using the newly designed science frameworks,
comparisons to previous assessments aren’t possible. What is possible is to use
these dismal results to spur on a conversation about the need to focus on
strong curricular provision in this key subject.
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National Center for Education Statistics, The
Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009: Trial Urban District Assessment (Washington,
D.C.: Institute of Education Sciences, 2011).