In this edition of “This Week in California Education,” Executive Director Louis Freedberg and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald talk to education leaders for their take on the newly released results of the third year of Smarter Balanced assessments. They showed flat results statewide in math and reading tests and little to no narrowing of the achievement gap separating low and high performing ethnic and racial groups.

  • Chief Deputy State Superintendent Glen Price points to positive signals on other measures of student performance and stresses the need to replicate what successful schools are doing.
  • John Affeldt, managing attorney at Public Advocates, a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization, expresses disappointment over the results but also says the state’s new school accountability system should be given time to work.
  • Louis and John discuss how much importance to put on the test scores after three years of results.

Search results for the 2017 Smarter Balanced assessments by school, district or student group and see 3-year trend using EdSource’s database here —

For  John’s coverage of the results, go here and for Louis’ perspective in EdSource go here 

Produced by Sarah Tan