Poor grades for state kids’ vocabulary
December 10, 2012
Students in California elementary schools score poorly in vocabulary usage, according to results of a national standardized test. (San Jose Mercury News)
Vocabulary is vital to students’ ability to read well.
Both fourth- and eighth-grade students from the Golden State ranked 45th, with only the District of Columbia, Alaska, Louisiana and New Mexico lower on the list.
“What you’re seeing is a lack of vision in educational leadership across the board in California,” said Arun Ramanathan, executive director of the Oakland-based advocacy group Education Trust-West. “Students are not getting access in early grades to high-quality reading instruction.”
The so-called “Nation’s Report Card,” by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, issued the report, which compiles results from tests given in 2009 and 2011.
California’s students were 9 points lower than the national average.