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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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Miami-Dade Students Continue to Shine on National Assessment, Fourth-graders #1 in the Country in Math and Reading

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) students once again turned in remarkable achievements, as revealed by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results released today.  More than 6,800 students in 183 Miami-Dade County schools participated in the 2019 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 and other Florida districts on this all-important assessment,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “Miami-Dade’s performance validates the ongoing efforts of our students, teachers, academic leaders, and School Board and demonstrates that there is a formula for success in this District that has been working for the last decade.” 

 Following are highlights from the results:

M-DCPS fourth graders’ NAEP scale scores ranked #1 in both Reading and Mathematics among all TUDA districts.

M-DCPS’ NAEP scores were significantly higher than public schools nationwide in Grade 4 Reading and Mathematics.

M-DCPS eighth graders’ NAEP scale scores ranked #2 in Reading and #6 in Mathematics on the 2019 NAEP assessments, up from rankings of 5th and 10th respectively on the 2017 administration.

Subgroup analyses also revealed that M-DCPS students fared well in comparison to their counterparts nationwide.

o Hispanic students in M-DCPS continued their outstanding performance on NAEP, again achieving higher Reading and Mathematics scores in all tested grade levels than both the National Public school and Large City samples.

o Black students in M-DCPS achieved higher mean scores than the National Public schools and Large City samples in Grade 4 Reading and Mathematics and higher than the Large City sample in Grade 8 Reading.

o M-DCPS Students with Disabilities also achieved higher mean scale scores than their counterparts in the National Public school sample in Grade 4 Reading and Mathematics, and Grade 8 Reading. These students also scored higher than the Large City sample in all grades and content areas tested.

o In addition, where nearly 70 percent of our students are eligible for the free/reduced price lunch program, those eligible students outscored their counterparts in both the National Public and Large City school samples in both grade levels and content areas tested.

While the three Florida districts that participate in the TUDA program scored among the top districts nationwide, M-DCPS met or exceeded the mean scale scores received in both Hillsborough and Duval Counties across all four grade-level/content areas.

“The Miami-Dade County schools continued to see progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, building on its track record as one of the fastest improving urban school districts in the nation,” said Michael Casserly, the Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools.”  Despite a national regression in 4th grade, Miami-Dade continued to lead TUDA in both reading and mathematics, while also elevating results for eighth graders on the country’s toughest test.   Kudos to the excellent progress Miami-Dade has made over the years.”

About NAEP and TUDA 

NAEP provides an essential measurement of student achievement in the United States. In mathematics and reading, 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. NAEP 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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