July 25, 2006 |
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
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.
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?
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.
April 13, 2002
Re "Rapid Growth of Advanced Placement Classes Raises Concerns," April 7: Recent growth of the Advanced Placement program was fueled in the 1990s not just by students seeking to impress admissions officers but also due to the growing recognition by educators across the country that rigorous AP courses are the best preparation for college available. AP can have the effect of upgrading the quality of the entire school curriculum as steps are taken to prepare students for intense course work, beginning in middle school and high school.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2003 |
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 |
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.
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.
October 6, 2002 |
Last Monday, the state released the latest round of scores on California's High School Exit Exam. More than half of the 431,000 10th-graders who took the exam last spring failed it--most for the second time. They will have more chances to pass, but unless something extraordinary happens, they can forget about a high school diploma. They can also forget about attending any of California's public universities, even if they've had all the right classes, gotten good grades and taken the SAT. The exit exam is a blunt instrument, useful for exposing the California schools in greatest need of attention and resources.