naep http://michiganradio.org en Detroit students show small gains on national standardized test http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-show-small-gains-national-standardized-test <p>Students in Detroit Public Schools showed slight improvements in the latest round of a benchmark standardized test.</p><p>But Detroit students still <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111207/SHOWCASE/112070318/">posted the worst scores of any district in the country</a> on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test.</p><p>The NAEP exam tests fourth and eighth-graders in reading and math. When Detroit students took the test for the first time in 2009, they produced the worst scores in the test&rsquo;s history.</p><p>In 2011:</p><p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Math, 4<sup>th</sup> grade: proficiency up from 31% to 34%</p><p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Math, 8<sup>th</sup> grade: proficiency up from 22% to 29%</p><p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reading, 4<sup>th</sup> grade: proficiency up from 27% to 31%</p><p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reading, 8<sup>th</sup> grade: proficiency up from 41% to 43%</p><p>Some experts question whether the posted gains are even statistically significant. But Detroit schools&rsquo; emergency manager Roy Roberts says the important thing is a positive trend.</p><p>&ldquo;Detroit had the highest gains of any city in any subject in mathematics,&rdquo; Roberts says. &ldquo;Detroit also exceeded the state in gains in reading.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Like the budget deficit, it will not be eliminated overnight. But we have demonstrated real progress.&rdquo;</p><p>Roberts says the biggest thing hindering Detroit students&rsquo; academic performance has been &ldquo;instability&rdquo; in the district.</p><p>He says the district will announce in January how many more schools to close, charter, or move to the Education Achievement System, a new statewide district for the lowest-performing schools. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 19:56:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5286 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students show small gains on national standardized test Detroit students post nation's worst science scores http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-students-post-nations-worst-science-scores <p>Fourth and eighth graders who took a national science test in 2009 posted the worst results among 17 big-city districts.</p><p>The scores are from the 2009 <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011452">Trial Urban District Assessment in science</a>, part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress test &ndash; which is often referred to as the &ldquo;nation&rsquo;s report card.&rdquo;</p><p>Results for the fourth and eighth graders in Detroit who took the test were worse than 16 other big cities that participated.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:54:11 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1418 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit students post nation's worst science scores