The academic success of students—and of public education in general—can be measured in a variety of ways. Since the mid-1990s, student performance on standardized tests has been a primary measure used throughout the nation. At the high school level in particular, other important indicators of student success include graduation and college-going rates.
EdSource regularly provides updates and analyses of student achievement in California, both in our publications and in the Charts & Data pages of this website. We also periodically conduct research that explores important questions regarding the relationship between instructional strategies and achievement. This can take the form of a major research study or something less formal, such as interviews with school principals.