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


Monday’s Smarter Balanced results showed widespread declines in reading and math scores, but a closer look at individual districts shows a more nuanced – and even hopeful – picture of student progress during the pandemic. 

Mountain Valley Unified, a diverse, predominantly low-income K-12 district in the remote mountains of Trinity County, had some of the state’s largest increases: 13 points in reading and 17 points in math, with overall results far above the state average. 

Lost Hills Union Elementary District, amid the pistachio and almond orchards northwest of Bakersfield, saw reading and math scores jump 12 and 17 points, respectively. Eastern Sierra Unified, a K-12 district in Mono County, also saw significant improvements. Math scores rose more than 6 points, with 32% of eighth graders scoring at the highest level. Click here to read more: https://edsource.org/2022/why-some-schools-saw-their-scores-soar-during-covid-and-others-didnt/680333