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State Summary

California student outcomes are a result of the priorities of and choices made by policymakers and services provided by education systems. Here, see how California students are doing on a variety of key measures.

English Language Arts Achievement (3rd-8th Grades)

In 2018, only 49% of 3rd through 8th grade students in California met or exceeded English Language Arts/Literacy standards.

English Language Arts Achievement (11th Grade)

In 2018, only 56% of 11th grade students in California met or exceeded English Language Arts/Literacy standards.

Math Achievement
(3rd-8th Grades)

In 2018, only 40% of 3rd through 8th grade students in California met or exceeded math standards.

Math Achievement
(11th Grade)

In 2018, only 31% of 11th grade students in California met or exceeded math standards.

Suspension Rate
(K-8th Grades)

In 2018, 3% of kindergarten through 8th grade students in California were suspended or expelled at least once.

Suspension Rate
(9th-12th Grades)

In 2018, 5% of 9th through 12th grade students in California were suspended or expelled at least once.

Graduation Rate

The state goal is for 90% of high school students to graduate in four years. In 2018, the statewide graduation rate was 83%.

College or Career Readiness

In 2018, 42% of 12th grade students in California were ready for either college or career, as measured by tests scores, college-ready coursework, career pathways completion, and more.

Chronic Absenteeism
(K-8th Grades)

In 2018, 9% of kindergarten through 8th grade students in California were chronically absent, which means they missed 10% or more of school days.

Chronic Absenteeism
(9th-12th Grades)

In 2018, 16% of 9th through 12th grade students in California were chronically absent, which means they missed 10% or more of school days.

English Language Progress

The state goal is for 75% of English learners to make progress in learning English each year, or to be reclassified as English proficient. Between 2017 and 2018, 15% of English learners in California made this progress.