The Nation’s Report Card™ informs the public
about the academic achievement of elementary
and secondary students in the United States. Report
cards communicate the ﬁndings of the National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a
continuing and nationally representative measure
of achievement in various subjects over time.
For over three decades, NAEP assessments have
been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics,
science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and
other subjects. By collecting and reporting information
on student performance at the national, state, and
local levels, NAEP is an integral part of our nation’s
evaluation of the condition and progress of education.
Only information related to academic achievement
and relevant variables is collected. The privacy of
individual students and their families is protected,
and the identities of participating schools are not
NAEP is a congressionally authorized project of the
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
within the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S.
Department of Education. The Commissioner of
Education Statistics is responsible for carrying out
the NAEP project. The National Assessment
Governing Board oversees and sets policy for NAEP.
Reading achievement held steady or
improved for most districts. At grade 4, the
majority of the districts that participated in
2002 had improved scores in 2007. At
grade 8, several districts had increases
compared with 2005.
The results from the NAEP Trial Urban District
Assessment (TUDA) make it possible to compare the
performance of students in participating urban school
districts to that of public school students in the nation, in
large central cities (population over 250,000), and to each
About 37,000 fourth- and eighth-graders from the
following 11 urban districts participated in the fourth
reading Trial Urban District Assessment in 2007. Six
districts at grade 4 and ve districts at grade 8 participated
in 2002, ten districts participated in 2003, and eleven in
New York City
District of Columbia
At grade 4
Four districts showed score increases compared with
2002, two districts had higher average scores compared
with 2005, and one district had a lower average score in
2007 compared with 2005.
Five districts improved their 2007 percentages at or
and three districts improved their
percentages at or above
compared with 2002.
At grade 8
Two districts showed increases compared with 2002, and
four districts had higher average scores compared with
Two districts improved their 2007 percentages at or
compared with 2002, and two districts
improved their percentages at or above