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New National Assessment Shows California Schools Improving But Lagging Other States

 
CPR Photo/Max Pringle
 

CPR Photo/Max Pringle

The NAEP has three levels of achievement: “advanced”, “proficient”, and “basic, which is the lowest score.” California students scored in the “basic” category in most subjects. But State education officials say the newly adopted Common Core teaching standards will help California close the performance gap in the coming years.

“It’s critical thinking. It’s problem solving. It’s teamwork. It’s good communication skills,” says Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

So I believe this transition, which is an enormous historical shift in the way we educate and the way we learn, is going to have great results.”

Torlakson says the old focus on rote memorization and multiple choice testing was unhelpful.

 

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Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio