Los Angeles – State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Marshall Tuck reacted to the release by the California Department of Education of the 2016-17 student performance on state assessments. Across the state, performance in English Language Arts decreased from 49% proficiency, to 48.56%. Math scores also essentially stagnated, with 37.56% proficient, as compared to 37% in the prior year.
“These results are just one, imperfect snapshot, but they tell the same story as other data we have seen: California isn’t yet prioritizing our public schools with the urgency our children deserve. Educators, families, and students are working hard every day, but our state’s education system isn’t providing them the support necessary to yield dramatic improvement in our schools. We need real change in California’s public schools. It’s time we truly invest in our teachers and principals, unlock innovation in our schools, address the diverse needs of all kids in California, and adequately fund our classrooms– our kids can’t afford more of the same.”