Scores among students in the “large city” category, or areas with populations of 250,000 or more, rose by statistically relevant margins in both grades 4 and 8 between 2007 and 2009, continuing an upward trend from six years ago, when the NAEP urban test was first given.
But the results among 11 individual cities that voluntarily participated in both the 2007 and 2009 exams were less impressive.
Only Boston and the District of Columbia made significant gains from 2007 to 2009 in grade 4. In grade 8, only Austin and San Diego made significant gains in the last two years.
Washington, D.C. isn’t last in the nation any more!