See how Cal­i­for­nia eval­u­ated your child’s district

The Sacramento Bee - - Local - BY VIN­CENT MOLESKI [email protected]

The state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion deemed more than 61 per­cent of Cal­i­for­nia stu­dents so­cioe­co­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged in 2018 as schools con­tin­ued to lag in English and math­e­mat­ics, ac­cord­ing to a Thurs­day re­port on the state’s pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

The depart­ment up­dated its Cal­i­for­nia School Dash­board to re­flect that schools main­tained test scores just be­low the stan­dard in English and worse in math­e­mat­ics, mark­ing con­tin­ued sub­stan­dard test­ing from last year.

Schools in the state held a grad­u­a­tion rate of 83.5 per­cent, dip­ping less than one per­cent since last year, while 42.2 per­cent of stu­dents were con­sid­ered pre­pared for col­lege or a ca­reer and 3.5 per­cent had been sus­pended at least once.

On av­er­age, schools dis­played con­tin­ued racial dis­par­ity. Foster youth and stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties per­formed the worst, fol­lowed by African Amer­i­cans, Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Pa­cific Is­lan­ders.

His­panic stu­dents, which made up 54.3 per­cent of all en­rolled stu­dents, were slightly be­hind in English and fur­ther be­hind in math­e­mat­ics.

Whites placed above av­er­age in English and were one point short of stan­dards for math­e­mat­ics, while Asians ex­ceeded stan­dards in both cat­e­gories.

African Amer­i­cans were sus­pended more than any cat­e­gory of stu­dents other than foster youth, with 9.4 per­cent of black stu­dents hav­ing been sus­pended at least once, al­most three times the av­er­age rate.

The high­est per­form­ing school district in Sacra­mento County was Fol­som Cor­dova Uni­fied, the only one in the area to ex­ceed stan­dards in both English and math­e­mat­ics. The district is made up mostly of stu­dents who are not so­cioe­co­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged, which the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion de­fines as those who are el­i­gi­ble for meal plans or whose par­ents do not have high school diplo­mas.

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