2015 National Assessment of Education Progress Results


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test that monitors how student achievement changes over time and across states.  NAEP has been administered in states since 1990, though not all 50 states began to consistently take NAEP until 2003. Newly released results for California show that across all subjects, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding proficiency has increased from 2000 to 2015. And since 2003, California has been the fastest-improving state for students overall in 8th grade reading.

However, the results also reveal that we are struggling to close achievement gaps for certain groups of students. While Black-White and Latino-White gaps have narrowed over time, they are not closing fast enough. And while California has made some progress in narrowing the income gap, a sizable gap still remains. Additionally, the gap between English learners and non-English learners has consistently widened across reading and math in 4th and 8th grades.

Below is a presentation from Ed Trust – West that analyzes the new data and examines how these results compare to the national results and how these results look over time.

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.