The state of California is one of the best places to learn a trade, but it’s not quite in the top tier of states for schools.
Here are the states with the best programs in 2018.
Read moreThe National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a national survey of student performance, and states have different requirements for measuring student achievement.
States with more stringent testing requirements have higher levels of achievement in the national test, but this year the data shows states that test more than once are consistently higher on NAEP tests.
Read MoreIn 2016, California’s NAEP scores were on par with the states that had the highest percentage of students with a high school diploma or GED.
In 2018, however, the percentage of the state’s students who graduated with a GED fell to 42.5% from the 44.5%, a drop of 7.3 percentage points.
California is currently one of 10 states with an educational attainment gap between the top 10% and the bottom 10%, according to the NAEP.
This year, California will get a boost in funding from the state government.
In 2019, the state will spend $14.5 billion on school improvement, a 6.7% increase over the state budget in 2018, according to a statement released by Gov.
The new funding will help pay for more teachers, more classroom space, more technology, more equipment, and more testing.
The increase in funding comes as the state is under intense scrutiny for its handling of the Great Recession.
The state spent $7.7 billion on state employees during the recession, but the majority of that went to pay off pensions and health care costs.