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OPINION
October 31, 2007
Re "Make 'No Child' honest," editorial, Oct. 28 It takes only a C+ or even a C to note the pratfalls of the No Child Left Behind Act. The public needs to understand the vast intricacies of fairly assessing schools in order to find the mix that will assess while informing a school of what works best. It would take a B+ or better to convince parents that the days of the quarterly report card are over -- the cards give little evidence of how ready a student is to compete for a future.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1999
The statewide Stanford 9 student test scores, finally released Thursday after two delays, chart the great academic divide in California. Most English-speaking students outperformed the national average and showed sometimes significant improvement. Most English learners made modest gains but still did poorly, challenging the state to close this gap while boosting achievement for all students. The test results did not reveal any major new lessons for parents or teachers.
OPINION
May 11, 2006
Re "Judge Delays Ruling on Junking California's High School Exit Exam," May 10 Hooray to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Freedman in delaying his final ruling regarding the high school exit exam. We can only hope now for a complete dismissal of the case. Requiring students to pass a test of basic math and English is a step in the right direction. What is the value of a high school diploma if it is awarded to someone who does not possess basic English and math skills?
OPINION
October 6, 2002
Re "State Ponders Delaying Exit Exams Due to Failures," Oct. 1: During the deliberations of the High School Exit Exam Advisory Panel from July 1999 to January 2002, I, along with many others, suggested delaying the consequences of the exam from applying to the class of 2004 to the class of 2008. My students have the benefit of a qualified mathematics teacher who majored in math in college. Many students in our state are not so fortunate. They are not being taught by qualified math teachers.
OPINION
August 16, 2007
Liliana Valenzuela was a high school senior with a 3.84 grade-point average who ranked 12th in her class. She could not, however, pass the English portion of California's high school exit exam and, by law, was barred from graduating. Valenzuela became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit asserting that students should not be denied diplomas because their schools failed to prepare them for the exam.
OPINION
March 9, 2003
Reading "State Exit Exam Gets Poor Grades" (March 4) gave me chills of remembrance. I graduated from Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., in 1995, with above a 4.0 grade average, and I had a terrible score on the SATs. I went on to college (based on my academic performance, not some arbitrary test score) and graduated in 1999 with honors (cum laude). I know what these high schoolers are going through when they feel that all of their hard work is for naught if they cannot pass the exit exam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Beginning this weekend, 9,000 Los Angeles middle and high school students who attend year-round campuses will be offered optional Saturday classes in English and math to compensate for days lost due to reduced schedules. Forty-one "extended learning academies" will open Saturday for Los Angeles Unified School District students who attend overcrowded campuses and receive two weeks less instruction than other L.A. Unified students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
A day after fighting between black and Latino students, extra security was called in Wednesday at Fremont High School to quell possible disturbances, and administrators attempted to reduce tensions on campus. On Tuesday, five fights broke out among dozens of Latino and black students and grew into a brawl involving about 100 students. Administrators locked down the campus and dismissed students in small groups at the end of the day. There were no incidents Wednesday.
OPINION
July 25, 2006 | Richard J. Riordan, RICHARD J. RIORDAN is the former mayor of Los Angeles and the former state secretary of education.
IN HIS EYE-OPENING book, "The World Is Flat," New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman warns that the United States is in a "quiet crisis" and that "we should be embarking on an all-hands-on-deck, no-holds-barred, no-budget-too-large crash program for science and engineering education immediately." If we don't, Friedman points out, our society will not be able to compete with such countries as India and China in today's unprecedented open market. Millions of American jobs could be at risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court Friday upheld California's high school exit exam, rejecting claims by students that they will be irreparably harmed if their diplomas are withheld. The decision leaves in place -- for the time being -- California's first statewide testing requirement for high school seniors, which had been years in the planning but remains a source of contention among educators, students and parents. The exam measures math and English proficiency; students must pass it to earn a diploma.
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