NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping California's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 29.8%, Hispanic 46.7%, Asian/Pacific Islander 11.2%, Black 7.7%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

California Students

  California United States
Total Students 6,437,202 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 47.6% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 24.4% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 10.5% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

California Schools

  California United States
Number of Schools 9,863 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 6,399 (66.6%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 2,204 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 1013 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

California Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $2,787,991,518; a 50% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approval Pending

California Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  94.7% in low poverty schools, 94.9% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  93.4% in low poverty schools, 86.3% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

California's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  California 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 52% 53% 23%
White 71% 74% 40%
Black 39% 42% 13%
Hispanic 38% 39% 11%
Low Income 37% 38% 11%

  California 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 42% 62% 21%
White 62% 78% 34%
Black 28% 47% 10%
Hispanic 27% 50% 11%
Low Income 26% 50% 11%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  California 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 57% 70% 30%
White 70% 88% 52%
Black 41% 58% 15%
Hispanic 47% 57% 15%
Low Income 46% 58% 16%

  California 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 34% 59% 24%
White 47% 78% 39%
Black 18% 38% 10%
Hispanic 21% 44% 10%
Low Income 22% 46% 12%

Source: California Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

California Reading Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 210, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 250, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 208, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored 230, while nationally they scored 260.  In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 207, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored approximately 250, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2002 4th graders scored 207, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 251, while nationally they scored 263.

California Math Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 230, while nationally they scored approximately 240; 8th graders scored approximately 270, while nationally they scored 280.  In 2005 4th graders scored 230, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 269, while nationally they scored 278.  In 2003 4th graders scored 228, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored 268, while nationally they scored 276.  In 2002 4th graders scored 212, while nationally they scored 224; 8th graders scored approximately 260, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing California Students for Success

California's high school graduation rate was 83.2% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 73.9% for California, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

California Nation
112,152
(31.3%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible California Students % of Eligible California Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 978,367 70,110 (7.2%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 1,668,774 56,710 (3.4%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - California

Teacher Incentive Fund Mare Island Technology Academy, Lynwood Unified
School District
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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