Achievement in California 2006: Small Gains, Growing Gaps
Today’s results from the 2006 California’s 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. todays 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.