JCPS Students Rank Among National Average in Math

by scrosby on December 8, 2009

Jefferson County Public Schools’ fourth and eighth graders rank even with the national average for many urban students in math. That’s according to a report released today called the Trial Urban District Assessment.

It’s the first time JCPS has been included in the assessment. Seventeen other urban school districts were measured in 2009.

While Jefferson County students rank among the national average, ten of the 18 urban school districts tested below the national average, says Michael Casserly, the executive director of the Council of Great City Schools.

“Urban schools in general, however, are getting better, and we are determined to make them better still,” says Casserly. “We are encouraged by the new results, but we are not satisfied with them. We know we need to accelerate and we know we need to close our achievement gaps.”

The report is produced every two years. This year, Washington, D.C. public schools were found to be among the most improved urban school districts in the country.

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ShellyShocked December 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

To be average among the lowest performers is a disgrace!

Richard Innes December 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

While overall Jefferson County ranked about average among large city school systems, Jefferson County has a number of advantages (Lower poverty, fewer minority students) that should have allowed it to score much higher than it did. When you strip away that advantage, here is what happened.

In 4th grade, whites and students eligible for the federal school lunch program scored lower than their peers in even larger cities.

In 8th grade whites, blacks and kids who get federal lunch assistance all scored below the large city math average.

That’s not average performance.

The reason the overall scores for Louisville look average is because the city has those advantages of fewer low scoring minority students and lower poverty.

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