The Nation’s Report Card: Trial Urban District Assessment Reading 2011

If you are interested in issues related to the education of Native Americans, this is a wonderful report that came out in December, one of the first of The Nation’s Report Card publications.

The Nation’s Report Card:
Trial Urban District Assessment Reading 2011

This report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) presents results from the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in reading. Representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade public school students from 21 urban districts participated in the 2011 assessment. Student performance is reported as average scale scores on the NAEP reading scale and as percentages of students who attained the achievement levels set by the National Assessment Governing Board. District results are compared to results for all students attending public schools in the nation and large cities (i.e., cities with populations of 250,000 or more) overall and by race/ethnicity and eligibility for free/reduced-price school lunch. In 2011, scores for both fourth- and eighth-graders in five districts were higher than the scores for students in large cities, and scores for both grades were lower in nine districts. Among the 18 districts that also participated in the 2009 assessment, there was no significant change from 2009 to 2011 in the scores for any of the districts at grade 4, and just one district scored higher at grade 8. Scores for students in the remaining districts did not change significantly from 2009 to 2011.

December 2011
Author: National Center for Education Statistics

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Study: Eighth-grade students still lag in science | eSchool News

Below is a report from eSchool News. A quote from the article is somewhat unsettling:

Just 31 percent of students were considered proficient or better on the test, the data show.

Study: Eighth-grade students still lag in science | eSchool News.

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Is Failure a Personal Choice?

The link below should take you to a thoughtful examination of failure and its consequences, specifically in higher education, but possibly (by extension) to many areas of life.

Read on:

from the desk of the president | summer 2012. (

My question continues to be whether all failure is bad. Failure can help us reassess our direction in life, our goals, our success as well as failures. We can learn from our failures.

What do you think?  Leave me a message.