“We can be pleased that gains in student achievement made over the past years are either increasing or holding steady,” said state Superintendent Jack O’Connell. “This progress means that hundreds of thousands of California students will have a better shot at success.”
Judging by what Jack O’Connell said to The Register about the overall improvement of standardized test scores for our kids in California public schools, it seems like everything is going great. And especially here in Orange County, where kids on average improved 2 to 4 percentage points on their test scores. And since this is the fifth year in a row that test scores have improved at OC schools, it seems like everything is all right. Right?
Maybe not. After all, not everyone is doing all that well. Look at the schools where a vast majority of kids are proficient at Math and English, and look at the schools where most kids are not at proficient levels. See a pattern? While the wealthier districts are doing great, schools in poorer areas are still not up to par. Do YOU know what’s wrong with this achievement gap between “rich schools” and “poor schools”?
I want to know what you think about this achievement gap, and how you think we should fill it in. Do “poor schools” need more money? Do they need more attention? Do they need better teachers? What can we do to make sure that all of our kids get the quality education that they deserve?
So go ahead. Make my day. Fire away!