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California’s standardized test scores inch up overall — but hit a high school snag

Oct 8, 2018 by

California releases its standardized test scores for last year — and they’ve improved overall, but there’s still a long way to go.

California students’ standardized test scores inched up this year, though gains among younger students were nearly canceled out by a drop at the high school level.

More than 3 million students in third through eighth grade and 11th grade took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in the spring. The pace of improvement was a little better than last year, but the results were hardly cause for celebration. Just under half the students met standards in English and fewer than 4 in 10 in math.

Still, officials accentuated the positive.

The strongest gains were in reading scores in third grade (up 4.3 percentage points) and fourth grade (up 3.6 percentage points). The youngest students tested also made the biggest strides in math, although those gains were not as large.

Los Angeles Unified, California’s largest school system, improved at a faster rate than the state overall, though its scores still fell below state averages. About 42% of L.A. Unified students met or exceeded state standards in reading, while about 32% did so in math.

continue: California’s standardized test scores inch up overall — but hit a high school snag – Los Angeles Times

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