08/11/2020

California’s test scores are so stagnant, it could take a generation to close the achievement gap

For the second year in a row, California students’ test scores have inched up so slowly that, by some estimates, it could take a generation for disadvantaged students to close the achievement gap with their peers.

That was the sobering assessment on Tuesday as the California Department of Education released the 2018 results of the state’s new, more rigorous system of standardized testing.

State education officials emphasized that at least the metrics are moving in the right direction. But all acknowledged that, four years after new standardized tests debuted to measure a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education, the numbers remain virtually stalled after an initial bump in scores on the first year after baseline tests were taken statewide.

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