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Biggest Movers 2022

Out of 285 districts, we identified the Biggest Movers between 2019 and 2022.  Some notable findings:
 

Most Improved

  • Palo Alto Unified stood out, improving sharply despite the pandemic's headwind. The district made early literacy a top priority in 2021, set specific goals, and began its comprehensive Every Student Reads Initiative.

  • Newark Unified also improved by 5 percentage points.

  • Statewide, only 7 districts, out of 285, showed improvement. 

Most Negative Movement 

  • Some high-performing districts from 2019 saw their percent at grade level drop by 20 percentage points or more.

  • Many districts with large negative movement had a higher percentage of English Learners, suggesting the pandemic may have had particular impact on these students

Top 10 Ranked Districts

Rank
District
County
Meet & Exceed Grade Level %
Change '19-'22
High-Need %
Lower- Proficiency EL %
Enrollment
Revenue / Student
78
Palo Alto Unified
Santa Clara
29
9
17
28%
10,509
25,495
81
Newark Unified
Alameda
29
5
56
29%
5,173
14,219
49
Burton Elementary
Tulare
34
1
76
10%
4,772
14,137
126
Victor Elementary
San Bernardino
26
1
84
18%
12,470
16,460
136
Evergreen Elementary
Santa Clara
25
1
42
24%
9,165
12,147
40
Hanford Elementary
Kings
35
1
82
20%
5,546
14,687

Bottom 10 Ranked Districts

Rank
District
County
Meet & Exceed Grade Level %
Change '19-'22
High-Need %
Low- Proficiency EL %
Enrollment
Revenue / Student
259
Taft City
Kern
16
-29
84
53%
2,398
15,792
215
Weaver Union
Merced
19
-26
86
27%
2,984
15,084
130
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified
Fresno
25
-25
92
33%
2,164
17,283
90
Murrieta Valley Unified
Riverside
28
-24
38
10%
22,669
13,031
223
Empire Union Elementary
Stanislaus
19
-23
88
28%
2,879
15,924
124
Fowler Unified
Fresno
26
-20
79
20%
2,557
16,447
74
Chula Vista Elementary
San Diego
30
-20
62
34%
28,878
14,467
226
Folsom-Cordova Unified
Sacramento
18
-19
38
29%
20,344
12,876
284
Konocti Unified
Lake
8
-19
86
46%
3,763
16,927
57
Greenfield Union
Kern
32
-19
93
21%
9,215
15,765
254
Manteca Unified
San Joaquin
16
-19
65
30%
24,154
13,930
276
Wilsona Elementary
Los Angeles
13
-19
96
35%
1,228
17,447

Meet & Exceed based on SED Latinx 3rd graders - see Sources & Notes for more info

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