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Thursday, May 20, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Miami-Dade’s 2009 National Reading Results

“I want to congratulate the teachers, students and leadership in the Miami-Dade School District for their spectacular reading performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) project. The results indicate that the district’s fourth and eighth-graders are performing above average when compared to other large cities across the country, and have matched the overall performance of their national counterparts. In fact, Miami-Dade was one of only two large city school districts to either match or exceed the national reading average in eighth grade and one of only five to do so in fourth grade.

“These results speak volumes for the excellent work of Miami-Dade’s classroom teachers, and Superintendent Carvalho and district school board members should be commended for their courageous efforts to participate in this important national project. It is vital that we continue to expand our efforts to measure student progress through national comparisons, and I am tremendously proud that Miami-Dade is a leader in this effort for our state.”