The National Assessment of Educational Progress from the U.S. Department of Education is highly regarded by educators because it's the only representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. The good news is that HISD students rank at or near the top in almost every category among the 11 large urban school districts. Superintendent Abe Saavedra says these results are what they're all working toward.
"It's not enough just to know that our kids are performing well in comparison to other kids in the state. We need to know that they're competing well in comparison to other kids nationwide. After all, these are all the future adults that they will be competing against."
Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon says this is great news because the NAEP is the gold standard of national standardized testing.
"It's done scientifically.Î¾ It's a proven measure nationally.Î¾ So it gives us an idea, not just comparing Texas kids against Texas kids, but it gives us a real good idea of how we're doing compared to every child in the nation."