Source: LAist

California education officials released results from the latest round of statewide standardized test scores Wednesday.

The results? A little better than last year — with an emphasis on the word “little.”

More students met or exceeded standards on the benchmark English and math exams in 2019 than the year before, the results showed. But state officials acknowledged the modest, across-the-board improvements masked the fact that certain vulnerable groups of kids were not making as much progress.

“These scores show we were crawling forward when we need to be sprinting,” said Elisha Smith-Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust-West, an advocacy organization focused on narrowing achievement gaps between privileged and underprivileged students.

“At the rate we’re going, my five-year-old-son will be old enough to be a grandparent before California achieves educational justice for low-income students and underrepresented students of color. That’s simply not good enough. We have to do much better, much faster,” wrote Ed Trust West’s Smith Arrillaga in a statement about the new test results.

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