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Hillsborough students outperform big-city peers on NAEP



Hillsborough County fourth and eighth graders outperformed many of their peers in big-city systems, according to results released Wednesday of a test often called the nation's report card.

Miami-Dade students also did well on the annual exam.

"The commitment and leadership in these districts represent Florida’s focused mission to reduce the academic achievement gap while supporting our students in their pursuit of excellence," commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a release.

Hillsborough’s fourth graders posted the highest overall reading score, and third-highest in math, among the 21 urban school districts participating in the testing. Hillsborough eighth graders logged in the second-highest scores in both math and reading. (See charts here and detailed explanation from the district here.)

The study found that in many areas, Hillsborough tested better than both large cities and the nation as a whole. Results were mixed, but largely positive, in math.

"Despite their distinct challenges, many of these districts are making steady progress in math," said David P. Driscoll, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP. "But, like school districts nationwide, they need to find ways to raise student achievement in reading."

See our full story here. More from the Miami Herald.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:19pm]


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