LAUSD Students Haven't Taken State Tests Since Before The Pandemic. Here Are The New Scores
The Los Angeles Unified School District released results on Friday from the first round of standardized state tests since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The tests, which are aligned with the state's academic standards, had shown some small progress over the past decade.
Most students haven’t taken these tests since 2019. This year, fewer LAUSD students met or exceeded state standards:
- 42% in reading, vs. 44% in 2019
- 28% in math, vs. 33% in 2019
That dip in math scores erases about five years of progress:
Even as students returned to school in August, district officials had begun warning of a drop in test scores. Leaders said the learning interruptions caused by the pandemic — remote learning, mental health issues, ongoing absences — all but promised a decline.
State test scores are often criticized for more closely tracking students’ household incomes rather than actual learning. Fluctuations in test scores can be used to make any number of political points. But Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the downward trend underscores an important truth.
“The pandemic deeply impacted the performance of our students," Carvalho said. "Particularly, kids who were at risk and in a fragile condition prior to the pandemic — as we expected — were the ones who lost most ground.”
While not exactly a surprise, LAUSD’s numbers are another bad omen for statewide results, which are expected later this fall.
Stephanie Moran Reed had to say goodbye in January to the bookstore she founded with her husband. The MiJa Books owner opens up on customer experiences, mom guilt, and a favorite book recommendation.
Anti-Latino slurs were published on the cover of a CSU student newspaper in October. The painful incident led to protests and soul searching at the mostly Latino campus.
Many California students live doubled-up with other families and friends.
Madeline wrote to the county in mid-November asking for approval to have a unicorn in her backyard. Now the hunt begins.
This museum helps students explore the connections between prejudice, anti-Semitism and the murder of more than six million Jewish people and so many others.
Prowl with P-22, trace the life of a famed Black architect, Paul R. Williams, and meet a flower-spouting monster. There’s an illustrated story for readers of all kinds.