It is a mixed bag, according to Reading 2009: Trial Urban District Assessment. Eighteen urban school districts participated in this latest go-round, and the results were compared against both national and large city results(large city being defined as having a population of more than 250,000). Some urban districts made progress, but most did not. Urban districts closest to NJCU include New York City and Philadelphia. These figures come as part of the larger The Nation’s Report Card: Reading 2009 survey. Results for New Jersey (and all other states, along with comparison tables) in the various report cards (mathematics, reading, science, and writing) are available online as well. All of these surveys are subsumed under the NAEP. What is the NAEP? “The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.”(overview) News reports are to be found at: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlanta Constitution, and The San Diego Union Tribune.