Catalyst reports, "not much progress"
Mayor Daley had wielded control of Chicago schools for seven years when the U.S. Department of Education in 2002 began to administer the National Assessment of Educational Progress in selected urban districts. At every level except 8th-grade reading, Chicago’s first scores were, on average, 9 points below other big cities—and seven years later, scores have risen but are still an average of 8.3 points below other urban districts. During that same period, 8th-graders lost ground in reading: Scores haven’t budged and are now 3 points below the big-city average. (Catalyst Chicago)