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Three out of the four districts that participated in the 2002 assessment posted higher overall scores in 2007

Grade 8

Average scores in NAEP writing for eighth-grade public school students, by jurisdiction: 2002 and 2007


  • Average scores in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles increased in 2007 when compared to 2002. The apparent increase in Houston was not statistically significant.
  • When compared to large central city schools nationally, average scores in 2007 were higher or comparable for students in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, New York City, and San Diego, and lower in Cleveland and Los Angeles.

* Significantly different (p < .05) from 2007.
NOTE: When 2002 data are not shown, the district either did not participate or did not meet minimum reporting standards. View complete data with standard errors in districts and the nation or in large central cities.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002 and 2007 Trial Urban District Writing Assessments.

See more information about the writing assessment, including details about participating jurisdictions and percentages of students excluded from the assessment.

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