From a Department of Education presentation about the city's scores.
Once again, New York City's scores on the "nation's report card" are flat, though the city has improved much faster than the state over the last decade.
The biggest jump was in fourth grade reading, where the average scale score of New York City students improved by 10 points between 2003 and 2013, compared to just a one-point gain across New York state, according to data released today from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The tests are administered every two years to a sampling of fourth and eighth graders nationwide and are considered the most reliable indicator of student progress. Today's data release breaks out data from New York City and other large urban districts from the state scores, which were released last month.
And though New York City has made significant gains over the last 10 years, other cities — including Los Angeles, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta — have been improving more quickly in some areas.
Between 2011 and 2013, New York City saw small score increases in fourth and eighth grade math and in eighth grade reading, but none were statistically significant. That closely mirrors the statewide results, which saw only one significant increase, in fourth grade math. It also puts New York City in the company of most other urban districts, since only eight of 21 districts had one or more scores increase significantly.
Students at Ford Road Elementary School, in Shelby County Schools' Innovation Zone, walk down the hallway on Thursday. The school's test scores have gone up dramatically since it entered the I-Zone.
Last Thursday, as state politicians and educators celebrated the state's performance on the NAEP, or National Assessment of Educational Progress, 6th graders at Colonial Middle School, an arts-focused school, were discussing data day, a regular part of the school's cycle during which students in the middle school graph and track their performance in all of their classes.
"We can keep up with our grades," said Ariel Amos, one of the students. "The graphs help." Each student has a folder with a chart for each course; high scores were colored in with green colored pencil, while lower scores were colored in with yellow or red.
That focus on data and accountability was one of the policy emphases state officials cited to explain Tennessee students' growth on on the 4th and 8th grade math and reading tests: Scores went up more than in any other state in the country this year. While NAEP scores aren't broken down by school or by district, educators in Shelby County schools said they'd seen improvements in many local schools that lined up with the increase in NAEP results.
"NAEP is a good measuring stick to compare Tennessee to other states," said Antonio Burt, the principal at Ford Road Elementary School. "Tennessee has put emphasis on Common Core and teacher work. By Tennessee starting early and being proactive, now you're seeing dividends."
New York's fourth grade reading scores didn't see significant changes from 2011.
In a year when a few states posted across-the-board gains, New York State saw limited progress on the test known as “the nation’s report card,” according to new data released today about the 2013 tests.
Only fourth-grade math scores saw a statistically significant increase on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an assessment given to fourth- and eighth-graders across the country every two years. New York students’ scores in fourth-grade reading, eighth-grade reading, and eighth-grade math showed no significant changes from 2011.
That’s a better result than the scores two years ago, when New York was one of just two states to post significant declines. (New York City’s scores outpaced the rest of the state slightly.)
Across the country, Tennessee, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia saw the biggest gains across both grades and subjects, though scores for Washington, D.C. especially still rank among the nation’s lowest.