This week, Louis and John examine results of 4th-year scores on Smarter Balanced, the state’s standardized tests in English language arts and math. There was a slight tick upward in scores, with positive results in early elementary grades, a puzzling drop in 11th grade and mixed progress in narrowing the disparities in results by race, ethnicity and wealth. Louis and John discuss the question, “when should the state expect to see more progress?”

They also review education bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed and vetoed, focusing on one that would have expanded the ban on suspensions for willful defiance through 8th grade. Reporter David Washburn explains the governor’s opposition despite widespread support for the bill.

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