Achievement in California 2006: Small Gains, Growing Gaps


Today’s results from the 2006 California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program reveal that the state has again made some significant progress toward proficiency for all students. Scores are up at all grade levels, and students are performing at the highest levels since reporting began almost a decade ago.

But there is still a long way to go. Today’s data show that too few students overall are reaching proficient levels in math and literacy despite higher average achievement–and in too many cases, the number of students testing below the basic level has risen. What’s worse, the vast gaps in achievement between low-income students, students of color and their more advantaged peers show no sign of shrinking and are often growing larger.


Published: August 16, 2006

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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.