Last year, 49 percent of California students who took the test scored as meeting the state’s reading and writing standards. This year, that number flatlined at 49 percent.
So despite most teachers and students having an additional year to get familiar with the exam, and an additional year of instruction conceivably tailored to improve on student weaknesses identified in the test, California public schools are no better at getting students to master state English standards.
But it’s not only California experiencing lackluster 2017 scores. The other 12 states that have published scores and administered the same standardized test with the same questions — known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment — all saw their scores dip or remain stagnant. No state among the 12 saw progress on the English portion of the test.