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A "National" Test For Urban Districts

Sick of being told that scores are going up when you think they're really not? Well the cat is soon out of the bag, for 11 big urban districts at least (Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Cleveland; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Diego; and Washington, D.C.). A couple weeks from now the latest reading and math scores are coming out for some of the country's biggest districts. Called the urban NAEP, or TUDA, the new data will include trend lines going back to 2003, linked to NAEP. Based on NAEP data, not all of the nation's biggest cities are doing as well as their superintendents and mayors claim.

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Achievement of Urban Students in Reading and Mathematics

From The Nation’s Report Card TM to be Released Nov. 15


Reports Highlight the Performance of Students in 11 Urban Districts

WHAT: Release and discussion of urban achievement results from the 2007 Nation’s Report Card in mathematics and reading. The results detail the performance of 4th- and 8th-grade students in 11 of the largest U.S. school districts that voluntarily participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment. The districts agreed to have their results reported separately from the national and state-by-state results that were released in September. Participating districts are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Cleveland; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; San Diego; and Washington, D.C. The reports include achievement trends in the districts since 2003 in math and 2002 in reading.

WHO: Darvin M. Winick, Chair, National Assessment Governing Board

Mark S. Schneider, Commissioner of Education Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

Robin Hall, Principal, Beecher Hills Elementary School, Atlanta, Georgia and Member, National Assessment Governing Board

Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2007

10 – 11 a.m. EST

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center – Hemisphere Suite

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Please bring photo ID and allow extra time for building entry/security.

Copies of The Nation's Report Card and additional data collected from the 2007 NAEP reading and math assessments will be available online at http://nationsreportcard.gov at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 15.

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