HISD gets high marks on Nation's Report Card

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HOUSTON - When it comes to math, Houston Independent School District (HISD) students are outperforming their peers in other large school districts across the country.

HISD performed better than most large urban school districts in math in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report, which was released on Wednesday.

NAEP, also known as the Nation's Report Card, is released every two years. The report includes a sub-report comparing 21 participating large urban districts across the nation, including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

This year in math, each student group at HISD exceeded the national large-city average. In fact, in eighth-grade math, HISD students performed especially well by placing Houston ISD in the top 25 percent of participating districts, ahead of San Diego, Dallas, and Miami-Dade.

According to NAEP, reading scores for HISD remained unchanged from 2007.

"We are committed to evaluating ourselves and improving, which is why we choose to participate in the Nation's Report Card. It's important for us to know where we stand among our national peers," said Superintendent Terry B. Grier. "These results show that targeted, research-based interventions are helping students excel in math, but also underscore an issue we know needs to be addressed urgently: literacy."

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