Cities fall short on NAEP Science

The results of the Trial Urban District Assessment for the 2009 NAEP Science measurement were released today, and the results were predictable – most cities fall short of the national norms.

Of the seventeen large urban districts assessed, Austin (Texas), Charlotte (North Carolina) and Jefferson County, Kentucky, where Louisville is located, scored the best.  At the other (wrong) end of the scale were the northern cities of Cleveland, Detroit and Baltimore.

Alan J. Friedman, a member of NAEP’s Governing Board, told Education Week that “unfortunately, the achievement deficit in the cities is considerably greater in science than it is in reading and math.”  The New York Times reported,

Mr. Friedman, of the national board said that, overall, the poor performance suggested that the emphasis on math and English, which have been the main measures of school progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law, had come at the expense of other subjects. “It does play a big role” he said, “and that’s one of the major problems we have.”


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