2013 Nation's Report Card Results

Dallas ISD students make significant gains in eighth-grade reading in nation’s report card

Minority achievement gap narrowed in eighth grade; English language learners show considerable progress in math and reading

Dallas ISD students made significant gains in eighth-grade reading on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. Dallas’ gains outpaced those of the nation’s public schools and Texas when compared to 2011.

Results for the district held steady across the board for fourth-grade reading and math and eighth-grade math, but the sampling of eighth-grade Dallas ISD students who participated in the 2013 Trial Urban District Assessment, or TUDA, reading assessment registered a three-point increase compared to the 2011 results. This is the second time Dallas ISD has participated in TUDA.

“The results released by the NAEP this week are encouraging because they showed increases in areas where we needed to make gains and confirm that the Dallas ISD is making steady progress toward increasing student achievement levels,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles. “This is only the second time that the district has participated in this national assessment, and our fourth- and eighth-grade students showed they can perform at the level of other comparable urban districts.”

Other results for Dallas ISD include:

  • The sampling of fourth-grade English language learners registered gains of three points in math and five points in reading.
  • Eighth-grade English language learners registered a 16-point gain in math and a 12-point gain in reading.
  • The representative sampling of the district’s African-American and Hispanic students narrowed the achievement gap in eighth-grade math and reading when compared to the performance of white students statewide.
  • The achievement gap between Dallas ISD Hispanic eighth-grade students and white students statewide in the NAEP reading assessments narrowed 11 points.
  • The achievement gap between Dallas ISD African-American eighth-graders and white students statewide in reading narrowed by four points.
  • Hispanic fourth-graders who participated in the reading assessment also narrowed the gap by four points compared to their white peers statewide.
  • In math, the achievement gap for eighth-grade Hispanic students narrowed by five points and the one for African Americans narrowed by three points.
  • Students who qualify for free and reduced price meals also outscored or matched their peers in several districts in math and reading in fourth and eighth grades. Of the 21 participating districts, Dallas ISD has the third or fourth highest percentage of students who are eligible to receive free and reduced price meals, depending on the assessment sampling.
  • NAEP results showed a slight decrease that may not be statistically significant for white and African-American students who took the eighth-grade math assessments when compared to 2011 results.
  • White students also registered a loss of six points in fourth-grade reading when comparing the current results with 2011.
  • African-American students registered a three-point decline in fourth-grade reading when compared to their performance in 2011.

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