HopeTracker| Only Atlanta and Los Angeles among 11 urban centers showed statistically-significant progress in eighth-grade reading skills from 2007 to 2009. They are also alone in showing progress since 2002.
Four made gains at the fourth-grade level since 2007, while five showed progress since 2002. The test scores are part of the urban National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP and are more difficult than state-administered exams.
Literacy efforts in many urban districts were driven by Reading First, President George Bush’s $6 billion reading initiative for kindergarten through third grade. The nation spent seven years under No Child Left Behind focusing on the basic reading skills of children, with what can only be regarded as very questionable results. via WSJ