NAEP test scores indicate 'academic catastrophe'
DETROIT — Skillman President & CEO Carol Goss called the failing math performance results by Detroit Public Schools' fourth - and eighth -graders an "academic catastrophe for our children and our community" and emphasized that "tinkering at the margins" isn't going to fix the problem.
Goss delivered a response on Tuesday on behalf of the ExcellentSchoolsDetroit partnership after test scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standardized test given to 18 urban school districts, were released. Students are ranked from "below basic" to "advanced" in the math test. About 69% of DPS' fourth-grade students scored below basic. In eighth grade, 77% were below basic. The test scores mark the lowest performance in the history of the NAEP.
Read the entire statement by ExcellentSchoolsDetroit and delivered by Goss here .
Read the complete NAEP report here .
Read the following news stories for more information on the test scores:
- Detroit Public Schools students' national test scores at record low (Free Press)
- Detroit students score record low on national math test (Detroit News)
- Some urban districts show progress (Education Week)
- Bing: DPS scores signal wake-up call (Free Press)
- Leaders: DPS scores stress need for change (Free Press)
The ExcellentSchoolsDetroit initiative is a partnership of Detroit's education, government, community, parent and philanthropic leaders that aims to develop a citywide plan that will ensure all Detroit children attend excellent schools. For more information, visit www.excellentschoolsdetroit.org .