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.
August 16, 2001
Orange County students bested their counterparts statewide in every subject and at every grade level. The chart shows the percentage of students who scored at or above national averages in reading, math and language arts. *--* READING MATH LANGUAGE Grade Calif. O.C. Calif. O.C. Calif. O.C.
August 6, 2001
Your story from July 15, "Weighing the Classics," has brought significant and positive feedback to the California Department of Education (CDE) from the public on the issue of the state's new recommended literature list. The purpose of the list, as The Times writer states, is to encourage more reading by students inside and outside of class. Just a few minor omissions in the article need to be corrected: Contrary to what the headline said, Walt Whitman is included in the list. Moreover, authors Borges, Paz, Carpenter and Cervantes are on the list of titles written in Spanish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2000
Re "Standardized Test Scores Reveal Politics, Not Education," Valley Perspective, Oct. 22. It's so easy to bash the Stanford 9 as an imperfect test instrument and to attribute gains to teachers teaching to the test and instructing students in test-taking skills. Such rhetoric diminishes the very real efforts that teachers and districts have made over the last year or two to improve student achievement. Imperfect though it may be, the Stanford 9 is quite adequate for testing reading comprehension and mathematics proficiency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 |
Nine Ventura County campuses will be among 200 California high schools to participate in a field test of the state's first exit exam, which students will soon be required to pass to graduate. Participating high schools in the county include Oak Park, Nordhoff, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Newbury Park, Westlake and Buena Vista, a continuation school in Ventura.
June 11, 1999 |
The California Board of Education on Thursday approved math and reading textbooks for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, paving the way for school districts to begin spending $1 billion on materials aligned with rigorous new standards. However, a state Department of Education official cautioned publishers that the approvals carried a condition: Textbooks and other materials must not contain ethnic and other stereotypes, or brand names that smack of advertising. The latter part of that requirement could put many publishers in a bind, forcing them to make costly editing changes or miss out on the chance to sell their wares.