Miami-Dade students continue to shine on National Assessment

National Assessment

Miami-Dade County Public Schools students continue to turn in remarkable achievement, as revealed by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results released on April 10. More than 6,700 students in 161 Miami-Dade County schools participated in the 2017 grades 4 and 8 NAEP administration.

NAEP is the gold standard and compares M-DCPS students’ performance to the Nation and other large urban districts.

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ students continue to surpass the nation on standardized assessments, including NAEP-TUDA,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.

Impressive achievement

“Miami-Dade’s results for what is widely considered the Nation’s Report Card, suggests that academic standards, instructional rigor, and student achievement continue to move on an upward trend in our school district. This is an impressive achievement that our School Board, students, teachers, employees and the entire community can celebrate.”

Notable gains in 4th Grade Reading and Math

Mike Casserly, Executive Director of the Council of Great City Schools said, “Miami-Dade County Public Schools continues its remarkable track record of reform and improvement on the Nation’s Report Card. Particularly notable are the gains the District saw in fourth grade Reading and Mathematics, which place the system among the highest performing in the nation.”

Additionally, Casserly indicated that Miami-Dade was one of four TUDA districts to defy the national trend on the growing gap between the highest and lowest performing students.

With a disproportionately high population of English Language Learners, M-DCPS fourth grade students demonstrated remarkable performance in comparison to the nation and other large urban districts.

Nationally, M-DCPS fourth graders ranked #1 in Reading, and #2 in Mathematics. Miami-Dade along with the other two Florida Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) districts significantly outscored the nation, large city sample, and all other TUDA districts in both Reading and Mathematics, in Grade 4.

Grade 4 M-DCPS students, overall and for all subgroups, scored higher than the national public school and large city samples in both Reading and Mathematics.

In M-DCPS’s fifth year of participation in the national assessment, M-DCPS Hispanic students continue to shine, achieving higher Reading and Mathematics scale scores in all tested grade levels than both the national public school and large city samples. Significant growth was seen in Reading and Mathematics scale scores for fourth grade students in the District from 2009 to 2017.

M-DCPS was the only TUDA district to exhibit significant scale score growth from 2015 to 2017 in Grade 4 Mathematics.

In Grade 8, M-DCPS students outscored the large city sample in Reading and matched them in Mathematics.

About NAEP and TUDA  

NAEP provides an essential measurement of student achievement in the United States. In mathematics, reading, science, and writing, student achievement is reported for selected urban districts as well as for the nation and the states.

The assessments administered in TUDA are exactly the same as those given nationally in main NAEP, using identical administration procedures. The assessments follow the subject area frameworks developed by the Governing Board. Like the national and state main assessments, TUDA does not provide individual scores for the students or schools assessed.

TUDA districts can monitor their progress over time in the selected subject areas at grades 4 and 8. In addition to comparing to the national public results, TUDA district results are also compared to results from large cities nationwide


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