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New Standards May Help Close Latino Achievement Gap

LA School Report | October 4, 2013

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via KPCC | By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Latinos scored a hundred points less than their white counterparts on this year’s California’s Academic Performance Index – and more than 150 points below Asian students — a sign that, despite a decade of effort, educators have failed to close the achievement gap for the state’s largest minority group.

As a group, Latinos — who make up 52 percent of California’s public school students — have never met the state’s goal of 800 points on the API, according to data provided by the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature this week on AB484 ushered in a new era of testing based on new learning standards called the Common Core and some educators are hoping they will help close the gap.

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