Despite low scores California loves ‘equity’ and ‘social justice’ curriculum
July 24, 2023
Despite collapsing math scores, the California Board of Education has voted to adopt a new “equity'” and “social justice” focused math education framework that education experts across the political spectrum warn will widen achievement gaps and decrease learning among lower-income and minority students.
Two out of three California students now fail to meet basic state math standards set in 2013. California spends over $20,000 per K-12 student, placing it among the top states for per-pupil spending, despite its students ranking 30th in math in the country, according to national math SAT scores from the College Board.
Citing these differences, the framework focuses on three main changes to improve “equitable” math outcomes: “an assets-based approach to instruction; active student engagement through investigation and connection; and instruction that centers cultural and personal relevance, reflecting California’s diverse students.”