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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson Regarding the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Results for Hillsborough and Miami-Dade Counties

"I want to commend the teachers and administrators who have dedicated their efforts and resources to ensure that our students are on track to being well prepared for their future. Today's 2011 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) results show that fourth and eighth grade students in Hillsborough and Miami-Dade continue to make tremendous progress when compared to other large city districts in the nation, with Hillsborough leading the country in grade 4 reading, tying with Charlotte, N.C., in grade 8 reading, and tying with Austin, Texas and Charlotte as the second highest performing districts in grades 4 and 8 mathematics. Miami-Dade students scored higher than the average of students in large cities (populations over 250,000) both in terms of scale scores and percentage scoring above basic in reading for grades 4 and 8, and in grade 4 mathematics. The commitment and leadership in these districts represent Florida's focused mission to reduce the academic achievement gap while supporting our students in their pursuit of excellence.

"Congratulations to Superintendent Elia in Hillsborough and Superintendent Carvalho in Miami-Dade for their diligent efforts to improve student academic achievement in their districts. Under their leadership, I am confident we will continue to witness positive results in the future."