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 .

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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 .