Researchers at the Council for Great City Schools Report Improved
In May 2001, the Council
for Great City Schools, an organization of over
50 of the nation's largest urban public school systems,
released the results of a study of how major city schools
are performing on state assessments. The report, entitled
the Odds, indicates widespread increases in math
and reading test scores and a significant percentage
of districts making faster gains than the average gains
in their respective states. A few districts also made
progress in narrowing ethnic achievement gaps. The report
raised questions for additional future study, including
reasons for improvements, comparative data across states,
and relative under funding of urban districts.
The school districts that are members of the Council
for Great City Schools represent 14% of U.S. students, and the Council's mission
is to promote the cause of urban schools and urban students through legislation,
research, and media relations.
the Odds II for the 2002 report.
the Odds III for the 2003 report.