Bay Area Districts Get Low Reading Scores, While LA and Fresno Districts Overperform

A literacy advocacy group is raising concerns about low reading performance in parts of California, calling it an “alarming” trend that we ignore at our own peril.

The California Reading Coalition analyzed literacy data from 287 school districts and then ranked them on reading performance. The San Francisco Bay Area performed particularly poorly. Nearly half of the lowest performing districts were in the Bay.

By contrast, Southern California was home to 80% of the high performers. Fresno County also has a large number of high-performing districts.

The top 10 performing districts were:

1. Bonita Unified (Los Angeles County)
2. Etiwanda Elementary (San Bernardino County)
3. Kingsburg Elementary Charter (Fresno County)
4. Clovis Unified (Fresno County)
5. Covina-Valley Unified (Los Angeles County)
6. Little Lake City Elementary (Los Angeles County)
7. Whittier City Elementary (Los Angeles County)
8. Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified (Fresno County)
9. East Whittier City Elementary (Los Angeles County)
10. Murrieta Valley Unified (Riverside County)

The 10 lowest performing districts were:

287. Ocean View (Ventura County)
286. Fillmore Unified (Ventura County)
285. Ravenswood City Elementary (San Mateo County)
284. San Mateo-Foster City (Sonoma County)
283. Sonoma Valley Unified (Sonoma County)
282. Oakland Unified (Alameda County)
281. West Contra Costa Unified (Contra Costa County)
280. Pajaro Valley Unified (Santa Cruz County)
279. Palo Alto Unified (Santa Clara County)
278. Morgan Hill Unified (Santa Clara County)

You can read the full report from the California Reading Coalition here


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