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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

HISD Math and Reading Gains Outpace Texas Average on Nation’s Report Card
Since 2003, Houston students have improved their math and reading performance
by wider margins than the rest of the state

Results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show students in HISD are quickly gaining on their peers in Texas, while generally outperforming their counterparts in America’s large cities.

The results of tests taken earlier this year by HISD fourth- and eighth-grade students show students here are now much closer to reaching the statewide average than they were in 2003, despite HISD’s much higher percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and students who were not raised speaking English.

HISD Students Improving Faster than Texas Counterparts

Since 2003: 

·         HISD fourth graders have increased their reading scores by 6 points, compared to a 3-point increase statewide.

·         HISD eighth graders are now scoring 6 points higher in reading, compared to the statewide increase of 2 points.

·         In math, the average HISD fourth-grade score is 10 points higher, compared to a 4-point increase statewide.

·         The average HISD eighth-grade math is 15 points higher, while the average Texas score has climbed 13 points. 

To view the complete results of the national exam, click here. Overall, HISD students exceeded the national large-city average in three of four areas: fourth-grade reading, fourth-grade math, and eighth-grade math. HISD was below the large-city average in eighth-grade reading.

“This is a day to celebrate the hard, smart work of HISD principals, teachers, and students who bring a no-excuses attitude to school with them every day,” said Superintendent Terry Grier. “We are not there yet, but each day we are getting closer to reaching our goal of making HISD the best school district in America.” 

More HISD Students Reaching Tougher “Proficient” Status

Student performance on the NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is reported on a 500-point scale. In addition, student performance is reported by using the percentage of students who attained the achievement levels of Basic, and the tougher level of Proficient.

Since 2003:

·         The number of HISD fourth graders reaching the Basic level in reading has increased 9 percentage points, and the number reaching the Proficient level has increased 6 points.

·         The number of HISD eighth graders scoring at the Basic level in reading is up 9 percentage points, and the number reaching the Proficient level has risen 4 points.

·         The number of HISD fourth graders attaining Basic level scores in math is up 12 percentage points, while the number achieving Proficient status is 14 points higher.

·         The number of HISD eighth graders scoring at the Basic level in math has climbed 20 points, and the number reaching the Proficient level is now 15 points higher.

·         All of these increases exceed both the state and national growth rates in reading and math.


Hispanic, African American, and Students from Low-Income Families
Make Strong Showing

HISD’s Hispanic and low-income students posted the best eighth-grade math scores of any of the 21 large urban districts that participated in the NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) program. HISD’s African-American eighth graders beat all of the other participating districts except Boston. In addition: 

·         HISD Hispanic and African American students scored the same or higher than their counterparts in large cities in reading and math at both grade levels. They also exceeded national averages for fourth- and eighth-grade math and fourth-grade reading.

·         HISD low-income students outperformed their large-city peers in math at both grade levels and in fourth-grade reading. They matched the large-city average in eighth-grade reading.

·         Scores for all racial and ethnic groups in HISD have increased in math and reading and at both grade levels since 2003.

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