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July 10, 1997 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The American Bar Assn. has told Chapman University that it has "grave doubt" that the university's fledgling law school has a competent faculty capable of "effective teaching." In a letter explaining why the law school fell short of earning ABA accreditation, the bar association decried the school's lack of comprehensive peer review and evaluation that would assess the faculty's legal scholarship and teaching methods.
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October 4, 2009 | Washington Post
If you have ever rolled your eyes when your child says a teacher's grade was unfair, you might want to think again. Your child might be right. Douglas Reeves, an expert on grading systems, conducted an experiment with more than 10,000 educators that he says proves just how subjective grades can be. Reeves asked teachers and administrators in the United States, Australia, Canada and South America to determine a final semester grade for...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A battle over academic standards at Irvine Valley College has landed in Superior Court, with a veteran writing professor suing administrators for raising a student's grade. Hugh Glenn, who has been teaching at the college since its founding 25 years ago, gave a student a "D" for a class taken in spring, 1991. The student had successfully completed all course requirements except submitting an acceptable term paper, Glenn said.
OPINION
June 6, 2005
'Re "A Formula for More Math Teachers," June 1: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves widespread congratulations for his proposal to get more credentialed math and science teachers in our public schools to alleviate the chronic shortage. Over half of California high schools have teachers of physics who do not even have a minor in physics. Schwarzenegger's plan to have fully qualified science and math teachers after four years of college, rather than the usual five or six, is a great step forward, as is his proposal to have paid internships and forgivable loans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a test of academic standards, a veteran Irvine Valley College writing professor urged a Superior Court commissioner Wednesday to reinstate a failing course grade he gave a student in 1991. Hugh W. Glenn, who has taught writing at Irvine Valley College for 13 years, sued Saddleback Community College District officials last year over their decision to change, without his permission, the student's course grade from a failing "D" to a passing "C."
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May 24, 1994 | RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stanford University senior Cory Sammons knew he was in over his head as soon as he opened the final exam in his introductory physics class two years ago. Juggling three other classes, holding down a part-time job and playing on the ice hockey team, the 22-year-old engineering major had not spent much time reading his textbook or memorizing formulas. So Sammons nonchalantly did what many Stanford students do in such a situation--he deliberately flunked the test.
SPORTS
November 30, 1988 | LAURIE DUNCAN, Times Staff Writer
College athletes, especially basketball and football players, spend more time on their sports in season than they do on their classes and get lower grades than students involved in other time-consuming extracurricular activities, a year-long study by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. showed. The study, based on confidential questionnaires from 4,083 college athletes as well as students in other activities at 42 NCAA member institutions, was the first of its kind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District is dropping A-to-F letter grades in favor of a 4-to-1 rating system for all elementary students, officials said Tuesday, calling it a more precise gauge of academic progress and an effort to more closely adhere to state standards. Under the new system, already in use at year-round schools and due to be expanded districtwide next month, a top score of 4 means a student is "advanced, exceeds standards."
NEWS
September 19, 1992 | From Associated Press
A man armed with two semiautomatic guns and apparently distraught over his son's grades opened fire at an elementary school Friday, wounding two officers before surrendering, authorities said. It was the second school shooting in Texas in a week. Terrified children and staff barricaded themselves in classrooms at Piney Point Elementary School, where the gunman's son is a second-grader. Others fled the school grounds. No children were hurt.
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May 16, 1997 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is agreement on one thing here on the lush seacoast of immaculate Marin, California's richest and perhaps loveliest county: The local school district is in terrible trouble. In this region of tall trees and big houses, fancy cars and fair complexions, nearly a third of the students in the district are in special education classes, overall performance is way below state standards and tempers are near the boiling point.
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April 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A worker in Southern University's registrar's office took money to change grades for 541 current and former students, the school's chancellor said. The scandal probably will cost at least some students their degrees and could lead to criminal charges. Undergraduate and graduate students at the nation's largest historically black university were implicated, and some paid to have as many as 20 grades changed, Chancellor Edward Jackson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2004 | Ramin Setoodeh, Special to The Times
Derivatives and integrals aren't Stanford University student Mark Dominik's area of expertise. So when he enrolled three years ago in a calculus course, he hit the books -- and made good use of his professor's office hours. On the day of the final, "No one's pencil was down when the professor called time," recalled Dominik, who studies French and Italian literature. "It was a fair test, but it was a hard test."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2002 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standardized test scores for first-graders in the Los Angeles Unified School District rose this year, according to figures released Tuesday. The California Department of Education does not require first-graders to take the Stanford 9 exam because studies have shown that test results for children under age 8 are unreliable. Los Angeles school district Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2002 | DOUG SMITH and LIZ F. KAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A wave of school bond measures won voter approval in Tuesday's California primary election, bolstering the hopes of education advocates that decades of lean times for school construction may be ending. Voters approved 50 of 57 local school construction bond measures for kindergarten through 12th-grade districts and 13 of 14 for community college districts, according to School Services of California, a company that provides information to school systems. All told, the K-12 bonds represented $3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Glitches in an Orange County community college district's new $5.3-million computer system have disrupted registration, caused widespread delays in financial aid checks and turned out faulty student transcripts, campus officials said this week. The system, introduced in July, has caused problems throughout the North Orange County Community College District and its two campuses--Fullerton and Cypress colleges. The mishaps have hit students, instructors, administrators and even office employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Thousands of students lost their chance for free tuition under the state's expanded Cal Grant program because community colleges failed to file required grade reports, according to an Assembly report released Monday. The colleges, including about two dozen around Los Angeles and every one in Orange and Ventura counties, submitted only a small number of grades to the California Student Aid Commission, the study found.
NEWS
October 30, 1991 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after shooting his father to death during an argument over a report card the child had hidden, police homicide detectives said. The report card dispute may have served as the "catalyst" for Monday night's shooting, National City Police Detective Lanny Roark said, but he emphasized that the violence "did not hinge solely on the one report card incident." Investigators did not specify other circumstances surrounding the shooting.
NEWS
February 24, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Amid an outcry from students, professors at UC Santa Cruz voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to institute mandatory letter grades for the first time in the 35-year history of the decidedly unconventional school. The Academic Senate, the faculty's governing body, voted 154 to 77 to require letter grades in three-fourths of all classes, beginning in the fall of 2001. Remaining classes could be taken on a pass/fail basis.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | REBECCA TROUNSON and KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Alex Saragoza, the University of California's highest-ranking Latino and the charismatic head of its high-profile outreach program, has resigned under pressure weeks after acknowledging his role in an academic fraud scandal at UC Berkeley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
The right of teachers to grade their students on conduct has been upheld by a state appellate court. The ruling involves the case of James Ferris, a Calabasas middle school teacher, who gave low marks to three students in his music class at A.E. Wright Middle School. Because the unsatisfactory grades made the boys ineligible for the honor society and a class trip, their parents complained to Michael Botsford, the school's principal at the time.
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