Although the average reading score for eighth-grade public students increased 2 points from 2009 to 2011, the average reading score remains 9 points lower than the score for public school students in the nation, according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). In math, the average score for eighth-grade public school students increased by 3 points since 2009 and 12 points since 2003 but still trails the national average by 9 points.
“The latest NAEP results show both short- and long-term progress by students in the nation’s large-city schools and gains since 2003 that are significantly larger than the nation,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, the nation’s primary coalition of large public school districts. “We are catching up with the nation and putting urban schools in a stronger position as we begin implementing the new common core standards.”
As shown in the graph below, the average reading scores in five of the twenty-one participating urban districts (Austin, Charlotte, Hillsborough County (FL), Jefferson County (KY), and Miami-Dade) were higher than the average score for large cities. Ten districts had average scores lower than the large city average (255).
Charlotte was the only one of the eighteen districts participating in both years to have a higher average eighth-grade reading score in 2011 than in 2009. In comparison to 2002, eighth-grade reading scores were higher in 2011 for three of the five districts—Atlanta, where the average score increased seventeen points since 2002; Houston; and Los Angeles—that participated in both years, as well as for large cities, even though there was no significant change in the score for the nation.
Complete results on the 2011 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment in reading and math are available at http://nationsreportcard.gov/.