California students' English, math scores improve
LOS ANGELES (AP) – California students posted gains in English and math proficiency for the ninth straight year, but the so-called achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers remains a persistent gulf, state education officials said Friday.
Students in grades 2 through 11 take the tests, which are considered a crucial measure of a school’s success or failure, in the spring of each school year.
The number of students scoring proficient or better in English language arts increased by 3 percentage points, to 57 percent, while math proficiency rose by 1 point, to 51 percent.
Torlakson said the results are encouraging, but the state still has a long way to go, particularly for black and Latino students. Although those students posted slightly better gains than whites and Asians, their achievement lags significantly.
Black and Latino students each saw a 4 point hike in English language arts proficiency to 45 and 46 percent, respectively, while white and Asian students improved by 2 points each, to 73 percent and 78 percent, respectively.
In math, the difference was more drastic. Only 36 percent of black students tested as proficient, up by 2 percentage points, compared with 62 percent of whites, who improved by 1 point. Hispanic students also saw a 1 point gain to 42 percent. Asians’ proficiency increased by 1 point to 77 percent.