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Student Achievement in California: Steady Progress Made, Faster Improvement Needed


The performance of California’s 4th graders on the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) sent shock waves through the state and marked a pivotal moment in state education policy.

The scores were so poor that the state, whose public education system was once considered the gold standard for the nation, ranked second to last among participating states. What’s more, African American students and California’s burgeoning population of Latino children fared considerably worse than white and Asian students.

Five years later, this brief examines student achievement in California. It describes California’s evolving accountability and assessment mechanisms and how they interrelate today with new federal accountability requirements. It also presents WestEd’s analysis of achievement scores on state as well as national tests.

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Copyright: 2004
Format: PDF
Pages: 12
Publisher: WestEd