On the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Chicago was the sole district to narrow its test-score gap between white students and black students in 4th-grade math compared to 2015. Chicago also narrowed its test-score gap between white students and Hispanic students in 4th-grade math and 4th-grade reading. No other participating district saw its achievement gaps narrow. Twenty-seven urban districts participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment in 2017, with five participating for the first time. Read senior editor Paul E. Peterson’s assessment of what the 2017 NAEP results mean for American education on the EdNext blog, or review the rest of our NAEP coverage to learn more.

—Education Next

Last updated April 17, 2018