California students continue making gains in reading and mathematics, but educators agree that more needs to be done to close the achievement gap in schools.

Student scores on California’s standardized STAR tests are up this year, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says this is a testament to the state’s school system, which has to do more with less as California’s budget woes continue.

Students in Sonoma and Contra Costa counties showed gains, as well, with slightly larger improvements for Oakland students.

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San Francisco schools did very well, and District Superintendent Carlos Garcia says that is particularly true among certain students.

“For the second year in a row, African Americans, Latinos and Pacific Islanders outperformed everybody,” he said.

Garcia, O’Connell and other educators do still say more needs to be done to close the achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their Caucasian and Asian counterparts.


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