New test results point to an urgent need by California to improve learning during pivotal years for education.
Tracking the same students over time reveals previously unseen improvements in reading after third grade.
The pandemic compounded the challenge of teaching math at grade level when many California students may be three or four years behind.
A deeper dive into the Smarter Balanced test data reveals that the news is both better and worse than we previously realized.
Analytical tools that are available but not used can help schools better understand how to improve student performance.