Education A State Capitals Roundup

California Has Fewer Schools Meeting Goals for Test Scores

By Joetta L. Sack — November 09, 2004 1 min read

Fewer than half of California’s public schools met state targets for academic improvement this year, although nearly two-thirds of schools showed some gains.

Those results were a significant decline from last year’s figures. This year, 48 percent of the state’s schools met all of their growth targets, which include the performance of minority and low-income subgroups, compared with 78 percent that met growth targets last year.

Jack O'Connell

Sixty-two percent of schools this year showed improvements in at least some categories, compared with 90 percent last year.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said that the results, announced Oct. 28, were “unacceptable.”

“I know, and educators around the state know, that we can do better,” he said at a news conference held to release the data. “It is time to rededicate ourselves and redouble our efforts at teaching California’s rigorous standards.”