DETROIT – The nation’s education report card finally contains a sliver of good news for Detroit.Fourth-graders in the city district scored significantly higher this year on the math section of a rigorous national progress exam than they did in 2017, the last time the test was administered.

But the city’s schools still have a long way to go: Compared to other major urban school systems, the district once again ranks dead last.

“It’s great to see that there was an uptick,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of EdTrust Midwest, an education research and advocacy group in MIchigan. “That’s cause for what I would call a sober celebration.”

Education leaders took the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a sign that improved teacher pay and new curriculums are beginning to pay off for the district, which is still recovering from a near-bankruptcy and a state takeover.

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