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...