Reading and Math Achievement, Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools uses the Ohio Achievement Test to assess progress in reading and math. The targets reported below represent the state level AYP (adequate yearly progress) targets.
Grade four has been designated as a critical milestone for student progress in reading, representing a shift from learning how to read to reading to learn. Competence in mathematics is essential for functioning in everyday life as well as for success in our increasingly technological workplace. Early assessment in both reading and math is important in order to ensure students are achieving at grade level and to offer interventions to those who are not. 
What It Tells Us:
Fourth grade reading scores have steadily increased with an 8 percentage point increase from the previous year and a 16 percentage point increase from the baseline year. Eighth grade reading scores have been inconsistent but improved 7 percentage points over the previous year. In both measures, a gap remains between the district and the state average. 

What It Tells Us:

Fourth grade math scores have increased in each of the five years on the chart. Eighth grade math scores have also increased, but fell down 4 points over the last two years.   
 *Ohio and Kentucky use different assessments to measure acheivment, therefore the data are not comparable across states.