ERIC Number: ED484738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Achievement in California: Steady Progress Made, Faster Improvement Needed
This brief examines student achievement in California. It describes California's evolving accountability and assessment mechanisms and how they interrelate today with new federal accountability requirements. It presents WestEd's analysis of achievement scores on state as well as national tests. Finally, it draws four conclusions: California continues to rank at or near the bottom among states, though the lag is not profound and must be considered in light of California's distinct demographics; The state's strategy appears to be working. Over the last four years, test scores have risen persistently, statewide, for all student groups, with the lowest-performing groups in some cases showing the greatest gains; progress needs to accelerate because student achievement remains low; Significant gaps persist between different groups of students.
Descriptors: Accountability, Academic Achievement, Federal Legislation, State Standards, National Competency Tests, Scores, Achievement Gains, Low Achievement, Statewide Planning
WestEd, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242. Tel: 877-493-7833 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.