November 23 | Sacramento Bee

By Phillip Reese

Test scores in California improved this year - but the test score gap between the haves and have-nots got wider, too.

About 440 large California schools aced 2016 Common Core tests, with more than three quarters of their students meeting new math standards.

But just 7 of those schools also had a higher proportion of students classified as "economically disadvantaged" than the statewide average. In other words, 98 percent of the state’s highest-performing schools on the new math test had a relatively low proportion of students in poverty.

The test score achievement gap between wealthy and poor students is much larger under California's new Common Core tests than the gap was under older tests.


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