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

For the second year in a row, CA 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. CDE recently released the 2018 results of the state’s new, more rigorous system of standardized testing. They 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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