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Disd News Release

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Dec 07, 2011
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NEWS RELEASE
 For Immediate Release: December 7, 2011
DALLAS ISD STUDENTS SCORE ABOVE NATIONAL AND LARGE CITY
AVERAGES BY ETHNICITY ON MATH PORTION OF NATION’S REPORT
CARD
 
First assessment of district by National Assessment of Educational Progress shows howdistrict compares
 
DALLAS-A representative sample of Dallas ISD students outscored similar students inevery ethnicity nationally and in large city school districts on both the 4
th
grade and 8
th
 grade mathematics assessment measured by the National Assessment of Educational
Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
 
The results are from the spring 2011 administration of the test in both grades, thefirst time that Dallas ISD has participated in the test.
 
A representative sampling of Dallas ISD Hispanic, African-American and Anglostudents, as well as English Language Learner students, each scored higher than similarstudents nationally as well as compared to other large urban school districts inMathematics.
 
While overall performance indicates that Dallas ISD is at about the nationalaverage in mathematics and below average in reading, the results can be misleading.Dallas ISD Interim Superintendent Alan King cautioned against using the overall resultsto make comparisons between districts.
 
“The demographic makeup of urban districts varies significantly from city tocity,” said King. “To look at these results honestly, a deeper dive into the data is
necessary. Dallas has a higher
 
percentage of students (up to 92%) who qualify for free and reduced price lunches thanthe vast majority of urban school districts in the sample. We also have the highestpercentage of students considered ELL students (English Language Learners). Both of those factors are significant so the most accurate way to view the results is by comparinghow each ethnic group, as well as English Language Learners and students who qualifyfor the National School Lunch Program, performed against its peers, both in other largecity school districts and throughou
t the country.”
 
Dallas, Albuquerque and Hillsborough County Schools (Tampa/St. Petersburg)were added this year to the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) by the rigorousNational Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This year, 21 urban schooldistricts, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Austinparticipated in TUDA, which measured performance in reading and mathematics in boththe 4
th
and 8
th
grade.NAEP is known as The Nation's Report Card because it is the only nationallyrepresentative assessment of what U.S. students know and can do in core subjects likemathematics, reading, science and writing. It reports on student achievement at thenational and state levels, and selected urban districts.
 
“The Dallas Independent Sch
ool District and its leadership deserve special praisefor stepping up to assess the achievement of their students and comparing it not only to
the state but to the nation and other big cities across the country,” said Michael Casserly,
Executive Director of the Council of Great City Schools.
“Dallas’ results are particularly
encouraging among English language learners in both subjects and among free and
 
reduced lunch eligible students in mathematics, and the data provide a solid foundationfor the reforms
ahead.”
 
Dallas ISD was selected because it met various characteristics, such as districtsize, minority concentrations, socioeconomic conditions and percentages of students withdisabilities and English
 
language learners.
 
A primary goal of the Trial Urban District Assessment is to promote educationreform in the schools of the nation's largest urban school districts and to focus attentionon the specific challenges associated with urban education, according to the NationalAssessment Governing Board.
 
A representative sampling of Dallas 4
th
and 8
th
students, ranging from 1,300 to1,700 in each grade, out of approximately 13,000 students (4
th
grade) and 10,000 students(8
th
grade) were tested. The tests were administered in the spring of 2011.On the 4
th
grade administration of the mathematics test, Dallas ISD studentsposted the following scores compared to their peers nationwide:
 4
th
GradeMathematicsDallas Large City Average National AverageHispanic 234 (8
th
amongTUDA districts)228 229African American 225 (7
th
amongTUDA districts)222 224Anglo 258 (7
th
amongTUDA districts)251 249English LanguageLearners231 (3
rd
amongTUDA districts)219 219Students whoqualify forFree/Reduced lunch231 (6
th
amongTUDA districts)227 229

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