Where We Are In Baltimore
In Baltimore City, only 13% of 4th graders and 9% of low income children are reading proficiently when they begin school according to the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, which is the test the Campaign uses to track progress. There is a clear achievement gap: with Black students scoring an average of 24 points lower than White students. There is also a wide gap between low-income and higher-income students: students who were eligible for free/reduced-price school lunch (an indicator of low family income) had an average score that was 17 points lower than students who were not eligible for free/reduced-price school lunch.
Our goal is to improve these scores for Baltimore City Public Schools students and ultimately we hope that all Baltimore City children have the tools they need to be reading well by the time they finish 3rd grade.
About the NAEP
NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. Since the assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes, NAEP provides a clear picture of student progress over time.
For more information about Baltimore’s 4th grade NAEP reading scores, please see the 2017 Trial Urban District Snapshot Report: Baltimore.