ERIC Number: ED478505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Education Watch: California. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This report compares California's reading and mathematics performance on the most recent administrations of the state assessment with performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). To indicate how California is doing in narrowing the academic achievement gap between African American, Latino, or low-income students and their white, middle class peers, the report presents NAEP data by race, ethnicity, and family income. The report presents other state-level data on California's K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. Results from the 2002 California Standards Test indicate 36 percent of all 4th graders were proficient or above in reading, while on the 1998 NAEP only 20 percent of 4th graders performed at the proficient level. Significantly more white than Hispanic 4th graders were proficient or above in reading. In the 2001 California Standards Test, 29 percent of all 7th graders were proficient or above in mathematics, while only 18 percent of 8th graders were proficient or above on the 2000 NAEP assessment. Significantly more white than Hispanic 7th graders were proficient or above in math. California's had the fourth largest Latino-white 4th grade reading achievement gap nationwide in 1998 and the eighth largest 8th grade mathematics gap in 2000. Latino students represent 40 percent of the public K-12 enrollment, but a considerably smaller percentage take Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Asian American students have an extremely high rate of AP test taking. About 34 percent of California high school students enroll in college, compared to 54 percent nationwide. Asian American students graduate from the state college at a significantly higher rate than other students. Nearly one in four California secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with higher child poverty rates and higher minority enrollments have the fewest state and local dollars to spend per student. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Advanced Placement, Black Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Grade 4, Grade 8, Graduation, Hispanic American Students, Low Income Groups, Mathematics Skills, Minority Group Children, Postsecondary Education, Poverty, Racial Differences, Reading Skills, Special Needs Students, State Aid, State Standards, Teacher Competencies, White Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress