This week, EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg and editor-at-large John Fensterwald review the latest results of the National Assessment of Education Progress or NAEP, which brought encouraging news, especially in reading, for California and three urban districts in the state that take the test.

They also discuss two important school funding bills, one of which would set an ambitious target for the state: reaching the national average in per-pupil funding.

And listeners will meet Gema Quetzal Cardenas a 16-year-old junior and student activist from Oakland, who will become the next student representative on the State Board of Education, with full voting privileges.

EdSource’s NAEP coverage

EdSource’s interview with student leader Gema Quetzal Cardenas

Text of the bills discussed: AB 2808 and AB 2635.