APS students demonstrate largest gains in nation on 4th and 8th grade NAEP reading tests

UPDATE: Watch the video here.

APS students demonstrated the largest gains of all states and participating Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) school districts in the nation between 2002 and 2009 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading tests, the results of which were released this morning during a news conference at the Atlanta Public Schools headquarters.

Atlanta Public Schools’ eighth-grade students gained 14 points on NAEP reading test results since 2002. The gain was significantly greater than all states and all other 2002 participating TUDAs. Grade 8 students showed a 5 point increase from 2007, one of only two TUDAs to have significantly improved performance from the previous administration of the NAEP and the highest of all TUDAs.

APS fourth-graders also experienced dramatic gains from 2002 of 14 points, which was the highest point gain of all states and TUDAs. Furthermore, only five states had comparable increases in scores. For 2007, the average score at Grade 4 increased by 2 points.

The district has also made consistent progress in closing the performance gap with the State of Georgia on the NAEP reading test results, since 2002.

Additionally, at Grade 4 and Grade 8, APS is closing the score gap between students who are eligible for the federal free and reduced meals program within the district and across the nation, since 2002.

NAEP, also referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, is a uniform assessment of student performance administrated across the nation by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). The standards upon which the NAEP is developed are more rigorous than the current Georgia state standards upon which the CRCT is based.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment on the part of our students, teachers and school-based staff and administrators,” said APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall. “These results mirror our students’ historical performance on the state standardized tests – the CRCT – for the same period of time and clearly affirms the academic gains our students have made.”

APS students demonstrated steady improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) math test for 2009. Since 2003, APS students in grades 4 and 8 have demonstrated improvements every year the test has been administered.

About TUDA

Atlanta Public Schools is one of 18 urban school districts that voluntarily participates in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) and has its NAEP results individually reported.  Other districts participating are: Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, District of Columbia, Detroit, Fresno, Houston, Jefferson County, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia and San Diego.  Other school districts participate in NAEP, but their scores are only included in their overall state’s NAEP results.

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