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The average student enrollment in the Twin Rivers Unified School District is 31,637. Photo by Steve Dommer.

At the beginning of April, the Education Trust-West made a very important resource available to the public. The third-annual District Report Card was published, displaying a letter ranking to the largest school districts in California. The rankings were earned through an evaluation of each district’s student performance.

According to reportcards.edtrustwest.org, there are four key factors in determining a district’s student performance; improvement over a five-year period, the size of achievement gaps, college readiness, and overall performance.

The results published concerning Sacramento’s schools may very well be shocking to parents, teachers, and students alike.

The highest grade of any listed Sacramento school district was a D+, a grade most parents would frown at had it been written on their child’s take-home progress report. However, most districts in California received Cs and Ds on their District Report Card.

In the Twin Rivers Unified School District, a whopping 83% of students come from low-income families. This low-income portion of the population has an average API score of 715, 85 points shy of the statewide target of 800. Concerning the ethnic populations, on average white students scored 767, Latino students scored 711, and African American students scored 664.

The Sacramento City School District has 71% of low-income families, and their API score is 738. The gaps between ethnic backgrounds is startling, with the average API score of white students ranking in a 840, which is well above the statewide target. The API of Latino students is 730, while the API of African Americans is 690.

As stated on reportcards.edtrustwest.org,  “Most California districts receive Cs and Ds on these District Report Cards, suggesting that they need to place a stronger focus on improving outcomes for their low-income students and students of color.” Every school has some area where improvement would benefit the students and staff. If your school district didn’t get as high as a ranking as you’d like, perhaps it’s just a matter of keeping your teachers informed and doing all you can to bring academic performance in your school district up to par.

For more information about the district rankings you can visit the link here.