Jefferson County NAEP Results: Like or Below Public Schools Nationwide, Above Large Cities at a Few Points

by | Jun 8, 2018

Compared to results for public schools across the U.S., Jefferson County 2017 NAEP results were lower than results for U.S. public schools overall by a statistically significant margin for:

  • All students in grade 8 reading, grade 4 mathematics, and grade 8 mathematics
  • Black students in grade 8 reading and grade 4 mathematics
  • Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals in grade 8 mathematics

For those groups and for students without disabilities, other differences on 2017 NAEP assessments were not statistically significant.  NAEP is the National Assessment for Educational Progress, sometimes referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, and the one assessment that allows us to compare national and state results to those for large urban districts like Jefferson County.

The chart below shows those comparisons, with yellow shading for significant differences. The chart also shows a disturbing pattern of black students, students eligible for f/r meals, and especially students with identified disabilities reaching proficiency at rates far lower than their classmates, both in Jefferson County and nationwide.

Similar comparisons can be done for results for large cities nationwide. Compared to that group, Jefferson County 2017 NAEP results were:

  • Higher for all students in grade 4 reading and grade 4 mathematics
  • Higher for students eligible for free or reduced-price meals in grade 4 reading
  • Lower for students eligible for free or reduced-price meals in grade 8 mathematics
  • Similar to large city results across the nation for other groups in each subject

The disturbing pattern of black students, students eligible for f/r meals, and students with identified disabilities reaching proficiency at rates far lower than their classmates, is also visible for large cities and for Jefferson County. In the chart below, shading marks Jefferson results that differ from large cities nationwide by a statistically significant margin, with green where Jefferson is stronger and yellow where Jefferson is weaker, and with no shading for differences that do not qualify as significant.

Source Note: Results and analysis of statistical significance taken from the NAEP Data Explorer at https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/ndecore/landing.

Special for Data Lovers: the files below show Jefferson results graphed along with national, Kentucky, and large city results and results for each city that participates in NAEP as part of the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). They provide a deeper look at how Jefferson compares to other big city school systems around the country.

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