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News - November 4, 2022

Palo Alto test scores buck county and state trends

Local results increase in English, drop slightly in math compared to before the pandemic

by Zoe Morgan, Angela Swartz and Leah Worthington

The Palo Alto Unified School District saw its standardized test scores improve in English language arts compared to before the pandemic, while its math scores declined more modestly than the averages across the county and state, according to new data released by the state in late October.

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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 4, 2022 at 7:49 am

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A better comparison is how PAUSD has done relative to surrounding Bay Area districts - or districts with similar socio-economic profiles. Can that be shown?

Posted by SR
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 5, 2022 at 7:29 am

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Would a fair headline be "Schools check out, students stay home, many parents step in even more with almost no effect on test scores"

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2022 at 7:11 am

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Looking at the research on homeschooling, there appears to be no gender or race achievement gap, probably because students benefit from customized education. Note that such homeschooling can and is often done through public programs.

The results are more mixed when looking at prepandemic programs that “do school” but at home. Surveys of people who did pandemic pods found that those whose education least resembled school were the happiest with it.

Taken as a whole, customizing education and focusing on fostering student autonomy in learning (as opposed to on “doing school”, big difference) seem to do better by students regardless of where education takes place, and doubling down on the factory model of education remotely is less good than the factory model mitigated by the positives of in-person school.

We also have a teacher shortage. The answer to better education and happier students is staring us in the face if only we would put the interests of students above inertia to keep doing things the way they have always been done.

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