Atlanta’s fourth and eighth-grade students outperformed their traditional public school peers on math and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Eighth-grade charter students in Atlanta scored 12 points higher on reading and 17 points above traditional school students in mathematics. Atlanta’s fourth-grade charter school students scored 13 points higher in mathematics and 17 points above traditional school students in reading.
There was also great news for Atlanta’s African-American charter school students. Atlanta’s black eighth-grade charter school students scored 22 points on average above African-American students enrolled in the city’s traditional public schools and 17 points higher in reading. Atlanta’s African-American fourth-grade charter school students also outperformed their traditional school peers by scoring 22 points higher in reading and 18 points higher in math.
The National Assessment of Education Progress serves as a national yardstick by measuring U.S. student achievement. Elementary and secondary education students are tested in subject areas that include math, reading, economics, geography and civics.