• Detroit Public Schools’ scores improve, but still at bottom on Nation’s Report Card

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    By Chastity Pratt Dawsey 

    skd188048sdcDetroit Free Press Education Writer

    For the third time in a row, Detroit Public Schools scored the worst among urban school districts that participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA)Detroit Public Schools, which released fourth- and eighth-graders’ reading and math scores today from the rigorous test known as the Nation’s Report Card.

    DPS posted the lowest scores among the 21 cities that voluntarily took part in the TUDA. DPS has participated since 2009, allowing its scores to be publicized. Other district scores are not made public.

    After posting some of the worst scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test ever in 2009, DPS’s test scores have inched up a few points on three of the four tests, but the test analysis released today described those results as “no significant change.”

    The encouraging results came in eighth-grade reading. The score showed a significant increase since 2009; this year, 8% of Detroit eighth-graders scored at a level that was proficient or above on the reading test, compared with 26% in the urban districts.

    This year’s DPS results show:

    ■ In fourth-grade math, 4% of Detroit students scored at or above proficient, compared with 33% on average in the large cities, 37% in Michigan and 42% in the nation.

    ■ In eighth-grade math, 3% of Detroit students scored at or above proficient, compared with 27% on average in the large cities, 30% in Michigan and 34% in the state.

    ■ In fourth-grade reading, 7% of Detroit students scored at or above proficient, compared to 26% on average in the other large cities, 31% in Michigan and 34% in the state.

    ■ In eighth-grade reading, 9% of Detroit students scored at or above proficient, compared with 26% on average in the other large cities, 33% in Michigan and 34% in the state.

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