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For nine of the last 10 years, scores on California’s standardized tests steadily rose, indicating the testing system did what it was supposed to do and raised student achievement. That streak ended and exposed an ongoing achievement gap with Thursday’s release of the 2013 Academic Performance Index, or API.
A program offering parenting classes tailored to Latino families is showing promise as a way to help children arrive in kindergarten ready to learn. The national program, called Abriendo Puertas, offers classes in more than 80 California cities.