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Educational progress in Boston

Real gains in learning by public school students often get drowned out by noisy debates about the quality of education across the nation. But below the radar screen is a district that has made real progress: Boston.

The Boston Public Schools is one of 21 major city school systems across the country that volunteer to take the rigorous National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — the nation’s gold standard in assessing academic attainment — to yield reading and math scores on the district that can be compared to each other and to other states.

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