It is true that, under Torlakson, California has continued to rank poorly on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a biannual standardized test taken by a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-graders across the country. The state was 46th in both fourth-grade reading and fourth-grade math on the 2013 exam. California eighth-graders finished 41st in reading and 44th in math.
But progress is mixed at the Los Angeles schools that Tuck oversaw until last August. (The Partnership began with 10 schools in the 2008-09 academic year and has added seven more since then.)
Those campuses have experienced an average growth of 9.2 percentage points in the number of students who are proficient or above on California’s standardized English tests and 13.6 percentage points in math proficiency. They have also seen an average increase of more than 70 points on the 1,000-point academic performance index and the high schools have collectively boosted their graduation rates by 21 percentage points.
Most of the Partnership schools remain well below district and state averages on all these metrics, however.