Student Achievement Analysis: Results of the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessments

Recently, the California Department of Education released statewide test results that show how schools and districts are doing. These assessments measure the types of high-level skills students need to be ready for college or a rewarding career. Ed Trust–West’s team of data analysts conducted a robust analysis of the results. Our analysis shows that while some schools and districts are significantly improving student achievement, for the vast majority of our state’s schools and districts, improvement from last year to this year has slowed—in some places to a trickle. For more on the trends in California’s latest student achievement results, including what we can and cannot tell from the data, see below.  


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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.