SoCal Schools Just Got Their State Test Results Back. Here’s How To Find Out How Your School Did

Source: LAist

California education officials released results from the latest round of statewide standardized test scores Wednesday.

The results? A little better than last year — with an emphasis on the word “little.”

More students met or exceeded standards on the benchmark English and math exams in 2019 than the year before, the results showed. But state officials acknowledged the modest, across-the-board improvements masked the fact that certain vulnerable groups of kids were not making as much progress.

“These scores show we were crawling forward when we need to be sprinting,” said Elisha Smith-Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust-West, an advocacy organization focused on narrowing achievement gaps between privileged and underprivileged students.

“At the rate we’re going, my five-year-old-son will be old enough to be a grandparent before California achieves educational justice for low-income students and underrepresented students of color. That’s simply not good enough. We have to do much better, much faster,” wrote Ed Trust West’s Smith Arrillaga in a statement about the new test results.

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.