The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress math test scores showed that few urban school districts have made much headway in improving achievement, although some districts bucked the trend. New York City schools, which have been making progress on state math tests, showed no significant improvement. In Washington, D.C., scores are still below the national average but improved significantly. Detroit was ranked the worst, with 69% of fourth-graders and 77% of eighth-graders scoring below the standard for basic math proficiency.

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