Urban districts make progress on federal test

Students in 11 large urban districts racked up strong gains in math, yet very small improvements in reading on the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam. New York City led the group in narrowing the achievement gap between black and Hispanic students and their white counterparts, particularly in fourth-grade math. While some education leaders hailed the results, others pointed out that the scores fall well short of proficiency levels required by NCLB.

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