Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
Students work in class last week at Howe Avenue Elementary School. Low-income schools like Howe perform far worse on Common Core tests than do schools in wealthier areas.

See the Sacramento region’s best, worst performing schools on 2016 math tests


Many of the same schools in the Sacramento region tend to perform better – or worse – than their peers year after year on standardized tests.

At 50 schools in the Sacramento region, at least two-thirds of students met or exceeded standards on math assessment tests in 2016, according to results released by the state Department of Education Thursday. At 50 different schools, fewer than 15 percent of students met math standards.

The “Smarter Balanced Assessments” in math and English are given each year to students in grades three to eleven. About 500 traditional schools in the Sacramento region with more than 75 students took the 2016 tests. This year, schools across the region and state showed modest test score improvement.

A clear, long-standing pattern emerges in the data: Schools with a low proportion of economically-disadvantaged students tend to perform better on the math tests than schools with a high number of students in poverty. Most of the high-performing schools are in relatively wealthy neighborhoods in Placer County, El Dorado County and Davis. Most of the worst-performing schools are located in the urban core.

This map shows the region’s 50 highest- and lowest-scoring schools on 2016 standardized math tests. It excludes schools with fewer than 75 students and non-traditional schools such as continuation high schools and community day schools. Green dots indicate high-scoring schools; red dots indicate low-scoring schools.

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