Study: California Kids Lag in Reading and Math as Large Achievement Gap Persists

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Instructor Blanca Claudio teaches a history lesson in Spanish in a Dual Language Academy class at Franklin High School in Los Angeles, California, on May 25, 2017. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

California's public school students score well below the national average in reading and math, and fall behind before they even enter kindergarten. That's according to the Getting Down to Facts Project, a wide-ranging study by Stanford and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). The study also found that while overall student performance has improved over the last decade, the state has made only limited progress in closing achievements gaps for Black, Latino and low-income students. We'll talk about the challenges facing California's schools and early education programs and what can be done to improve them.

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John Fensterweld, editor-at-large, EdSource

Michael Kirst, president, California State Board of Education; professor emeritus of education, Stanford University's Graduate School of Education

Susanna Loeb, director, Annenberg Institute at Brown University

Deborah Stipek, professor and former dean, Stanford University Graduate School of Education