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image from educationbythenumbers.orgDecade-Long Study Of Big City Schools Finds Better Math, Reading NPR: Ten years after education researchers began focusing on big city school systems and monitoring their math and reading scores, there's good news to report. Today, fourth and eighth graders in many of the nation's largest cities have made impressive gains. Surprisingly, school systems with large numbers of low income children have exceeded the national average in both subjects.

Urban Students' Progress Quickens WSJ: America's large urban school districts are making faster progress on federal elementary math and reading tests than the nation as a whole, but they are still underperforming national averages, according to data released Wednesday.

Test scores of urban school districts improve faster than nation over past 10 years Hechinger Report: Wide achievement gaps between large cities, often with huge concentrations of low-income minorities, and the average U.S. student have closed by as much as 43 percent. Washington DC, which lags the nation in both math and reading, showed huge gains among fourth and eighth graders in both subjects since 2003 and 2011. 

City Students Improve Test Scores, But Still Lag Significantly HuffPost: In Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Hillsborough County, Fla., math and reading scores were higher than average for big cities. Students in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Fresno, Calif., were below average in both subjects. Washington, D.C. -- a standard bearer for what's known as the education reform movement since former school chancellor Michelle Rhee's tumultuous tenure at D.C. Public Schools -- was the only city to show score increases in both grades in both subjects since 2011. 

Several more stories below.  Image via Hechinger report.

Report: Schools in American Cities Are Still a Mess Atlantic Education: A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows just how big the gap often is between urban districts and their suburban and rural peers. Urban districts outperformed their states in only a few cases. Generally, though, urban district’s average scores were well below the average score in their state. Even though Massachusetts ranked high on the state-by-state NAEP report, Boston is almost 20 points behind the state average in fourth grade math.

LAUSD students improve English, math scores on national tests LA Daily News: The biggest bump in LAUSD's scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests came over the past two years, with an especially good showing by African-American youngsters, the report said.

New York City scores flat on national exam, though up over last decade Chalkbeat NY: 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.

New York City Students Show Slight Gains on Test Scores NYT:  from a national testing program revealed a steady but incremental improvement in student performance during the Bloomberg era.

In One NYC School, A Snapshot Of Bloomberg's Education Legacy NPR: Since he took office, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has closed and consolidated schools, created hundreds of new ones and championed the use of data to measure performance. Washington Irving High School, scheduled to close in 2015, offers a window on the changes he's brought to the city's vast school system.



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