Scores on the Smarter Balanced standardized test given to California students show major disparities still exist between racial and socioeconomic groups. One of the most stark disparities is the gap between white and African-American students, something the state is working hard to remedy.
That gap — the number of percentage points black students trail white students — is not consistent across Bay Area counties. Here are the differences between the rate of students who met or exceeded standards in English, essentially who passed the test, who are identified in records as white and black.
#1. San Francisco
#4. San Mateo
#5. Contra Costa
#6. Santa Clara
Over half of counties in the Bay Area have a worse race gap than the state’s 32.59 percent, and the lowest pass rate among white students (57.52 percent in Sonoma County) is higher than the highest pass rate among black students (45.89 percent in Santa Clara County).
San Francisco, however, stands out as having both the worst pass rate among black students at 21.88 percent and the second-best among white students at 78.36 percent, Those numbers are especially shocking because San Francisco County only contains one school district with one budget and curriculum, eliminating the most common variations in standards and quality of education.