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Fact check: California’s ranking

09/04/2014 7:05 PM

10/08/2014 12:17 PM

Kashkari’s claim: California ranks 46th in education and 44th in jobs.

The truth: California schools are among the worst performing by national standards. The state ranked 46th in both fourth-grade reading and fourth-grade math in the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, a biannual standardized test taken by a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-graders nationwide. Among eighth-grade students, California did slightly better, finishing 41st in reading and 44th in math.

California’s unemployment rate is 7.4 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tied for 44th worst in the country with Kentucky and the District of Columbia. But criticism of California’s jobs climate ignores the fact the unemployment rate has declined dramatically from a high of more than 12 percent in 2010.

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