2013 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA)

(Community Matters) Reading results of the 2013 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) – shows Austin performing at better than average urban results but without measurable differences since 2011. The gap between higher and lower performing students is way too high & unsustainable, an admitted problem in Austin and all urban areas.

Notable progress in closing gaps in achievement in urban districts includes:

  • Black, Hispanic and white students in Los Angeles scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in mathematics at grade 4.
  • Black, Hispanic and white students in the District of Columbia scored higher in 2013 than in 2011 in reading at grade 8.
  • Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches increased their average scores from 2011 to 2013 in at least one subject and grade combination in eight districts (Atlanta; Baltimore City; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; D.C.; Fresno, Calif.; and Los Angeles).

“Every district has its own story, but as a whole over the last 10 years all of the districts are improving,” Driscoll said. “In general, though, these scores are too low, and that should concern everyone. TUDA matters because these school systems need our attention more than ever before.”

News Release on the results

Important perspective from a man who I respect a great deal in AAS:

The district’s performance remains flat compared to its last showing on the tests, in 2011.

However, after the state cut funding to education –by $60 million in Austin, which has since recouped $10.8 million from the state — Michael Marder, University of Texas physics professor who runs a UT-based teacher training program, UTeach, said he was concerned the district would lose ground.

“That Austin has sustained the position it had in 2011 should be sufficient cause for rejoicing,” Marder said. “We know the levels of poverty has been increasing the funding level for education has been decreasing…To be No. 1, 2 or 3 in just about every category is something to be very proud of.”

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