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Detroit schools post worst results on national exam — again — but superintendent vows that change is coming

Students in the Detroit’s main district ranked dead last — for the fifth time — among major cities in every subject on the nation’s biennial exams.

The test, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, was given to a representative sample of students in the first few months of 2017, shortly after a new school board took over the district, but before Superintendent Nikolai Vitti was hired.

Detroit’s scores are “not a reflection of our students’ talent or potential,” Vitti said. “Instead, they are indicative of a school system that has not implemented best practices regarding curriculum, instruction, academic intervention, and school improvement for over a decade.”


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