State students’ scores stagnate
November 3, 2011
California public school students lag far behind most of the nation, 2010 math and reading scores just released suggest. [SFGate]
Only Mississippi and the District of Columbia turned in worse scores, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, better known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” The survey measures a sampling of fourth-and eighth-grade students on math and reading scores.
The good news is that California students’ scores were up slightly, reversing a years-long downward slide.
States with higher scores generally outspent others by thousands of dollars per student, according to the report. For example, high-scoring Massachusetts spent $14,000 a year per student, while California shelled out $9,700. New Jersey, another high scorer, paid $16,300 per student.
But the results also indicated that there is no steady correlation between money spent and eventual test scores. The District of Columbia, which had the lowest scores, paid out as much as New Jersey.
“Our students are still making progress, even as they swim against a riptide of crowded classrooms and deep budget cuts to our schools,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson told the San Francisco Chronicle.