Why some schools saw their scores soar despite Covid — and others didn’t

Alison Yin/EdSource

Test scores diversified throughout California, but on the full, smaller sized districts that stayed open through Covid fared better on the 2022 Smarter Balanced assessments.

Monday’s Smarter Balanced effects confirmed prevalent declines in reading and math scores, but a closer search at particular person districts shows a additional nuanced – and even hopeful – picture of student progress through the pandemic. 

Mountain Valley Unified, a numerous, predominantly reduced-income K-12 district in the distant mountains of Trinity County, experienced some of the state’s biggest boosts: 13 points in looking at and 17 factors in math, with overall results considerably over the condition average. 

Dropped Hills Union Elementary District, amid the pistachio and almond orchards northwest of Bakersfield, saw examining and math scores leap 12 and 17 points, respectively. Eastern Sierra Unified, a K-12 district in Mono County, also observed significant improvements. Math scores rose much more than 6 points, with 32% of eighth graders scoring at the maximum level.

Natasha M. McKnight

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