Nation's Report Card Home

Summary of Major Findings

Urban District Trend
Urban District Comparisons

Five districts score above large cities at both grades in 2009

Among the 18 urban districts that participated in the 2009 mathematics assessment, scores for 13 districts were lower than the scores for public school students in the nation at both fourth and eighth grades. Scores for five districts, however, were higher than the scores for fourth- and eighth-graders in large cities nationally.

In comparison to large cities nationally, average mathematics scores in 2009 were

 Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Houston, and San Diego had higher scores at both grades;
 Atlanta, Baltimore City, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, the District of Columbia, Fresno, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia had lower scores at both grades;
 scores in Jefferson County (Louisville, KY) were not significantly different at either grade; and
 scores for Miami-Dade and New York City were higher at grade 4 and not significantly different at grade 8.

For more details, see district comparisons at grade 4 and grade 8.

NOTE: DCPS = District of Columbia Public Schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2009 Mathematics Assessment.

Beginning in 2009, if the results for charter schools are not included in the school district's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report to the U.S. Department of Education under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, they are excluded from that district's TUDA results. See more information on the comparability of the 2009 NAEP design.

For more information, browse the report online or download a copy of the report.