More on this later. I talked last night with Dave Driscoll, the head of the assessment, and he told me that progress for CPS and for other big cities has slowed markedly since 2007 -- because of the economy, perhaps -- and that the gains were more significant during the 2003-2007 period. But things haven't gone backwards, either, so that's worth noting. And exclusion rates haven't spiked over the past couple of years, which some had worried was being used to game the NAEP system. Alas, CPS still lags behind the other big cities in many if not most measures.
Did your school participate in the NAEP TUDA study recently? Is it any better or different from the other standardized assessments?
Math Test Results Show CPS Students
Chicago Public Schools students showed continued progress in
2009 mathematics testing conducted by the National Assessment of Educational
Data released today by NAEP show that fourth and eighth
grade CPS students who were tested last school year continued the upward trend
line that began with introduction of the NAEP test in 2003. An especially
dramatic jump was seen in results for fourth grade Hispanic students.
Meanwhile, District officials acknowledged that while CPS
continues to make incremental gains in NAEP testing, it still trails the
often referred to as the nation's report card,
is the only national test that measures students throughout the U.S.
using a common yardstick. NAEP tests are administered biennially in
math and reading
at grades four and eight. Reading results will be released next spring.
CPS results show that fourth graders tested at an average
scale score of 222, up from 214 when NAEP testing began in 2003 and up two
points from the previous round of testing in 2007.
For eighth graders, the average scale score was 264, up from
254 in 2003 and up four points from 2007 testing.
The 2003-09 comparisons constitute a "marked
improvement" in student performance, District officials said.
CPS officials said the continued upward trend line which
shows steady growth since 2003 is heartening, but they also understand that the
District has more work to do in order to achieve a goal of making greater and
NAEP tested almost 163,000 fourth graders and
about 156,000 eighth graders in school districts nationwide.
In Chicago, 111 schools and about 2,000 fourth
graders, and 110 schools and about 1,800 eighth graders were tested.
The 2009 NAEP study shows:
for fourth grade Hispanic students showed a seven-point scale score gain from
2007-09, rising from 219 to 226.
been made in closing the fourth grade gap between lower-income students
in Chicago and the nation. The District scale score has risen from 212
in 2003 to 222 in 2009
compared to the national scores of 219 to 228.
increase from 10 percent in 2003 to 18 percent in 2009 for CPS fourth graders
scoring at or above the "proficient level."
for eighth grade lower-income students show a higher average scale score
compared to 2003. CPS scores have moved from 252 to 261; similar scores for the
nation are 258 to 266.
for eighth grade students in all racial and ethnic groups are higher compared
CPS officials noted that the District has a number of
classroom and professional development initiatives aimed at improving the
performance of its students in mathematics, including:
o Recommended research-based
instructional programs aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.
o Providing resources and tools such
as pacing guides to support teaching and learning.
o Supporting improved instruction in
all classrooms through the use of common interim assessments and
n Better prepared teachers
o Building teacher capacity through
professional development and coaching.
o Partnerships with universities to
support improved mathematics teaching and learning.
n High School Algebra for Middle Grade
Students. Increasing the number of schools offering an approved algebra course
for well-prepared middle grade students.
n Extended day opportunities, such as
after-school and summer school programs.
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