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Results for The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) now available!

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has just released the 2009 Science results for 17 urban districts and for large cities nationally in The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009 TUDA. The 2009 NAEP Science TUDA assessed representative samples of between 900 and 2,200 fourth- and eighth-grade public school students in each of the 17 participating urban districts.

The results of the assessment will be presented and discussed in a live webcast at 10:00 a.m. EST. Tune in to ask the panelists your questions. Then, at 1:30 p.m. EST, Associate Commissioner Peggy Carr answers your questions at Ask NAEP, a live Q&A about the results of the TUDA assessment. Visit to watch the webcast or to submit a question for Ask NAEP.

Highlights of the results from the 2009 Science TUDA assessment include:

• Four TUDA districts (Austin; Charlotte; Jefferson County, KY; and Miami-Dade) had higher scores at both grade 4 and grade 8 than large cities nationally. San Diego and Boston had higher scores at grade 4 only, and Houston had higher scores at grade 8 only.

• Eight TUDA districts had lower scores than large cities nationally at both grades.

• In Austin, Houston, and Miami-Dade, eighth-grade Hispanic students scored higher than their peers in the nation.

• At grade 4, both the White-Black and White-Hispanic achievement gaps were smaller in Boston , Cleveland, and Philadelphia than the gap in large cities nationally.

• Miami-Dade achieved a smaller White-Hispanic gap than the national White-Hispanic gap at both grade 4 and grade 8.

• Black students at grade 4 in Boston and Charlotte had higher scores than Black students nationally.

• Students at grade 4 who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program had higher scores in 7 of the 17 participating districts than eligible students in large cities nationally.

Many more results are available at

The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009 TUDA is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

To view the full report please visit