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August 16, 2001
* UNDERSTANDING THE NUMBERS / READING THE TABLES In California, nearly 4.5 million public school students in grades 2 through 11 took the Stanford 9 standardized tests in the spring for the fourth consecutive year. All of them were tested in reading, math and language skills such as grammar and punctuation. Students through eighth grade also took a spelling test, and students in higher grades took exams in science and history/social science.
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August 16, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Unlike last year's Stanford 9 results, in which schools touted consistent and dramatic improvement, the latest scores reveal a year of modest gains--and in some cases puzzling slips--on Orange County campuses. Most county schools posted small improvements on the Stanford 9 test and bested state averages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Santa Ana school officials identified a piece of district-owned property for a proposed high school a few years ago, they had only about five acres to build on--not nearly enough for academic buildings and athletic facilities. But when the new high school opens in 2004, it will include a gymnasium, an auditorium, a football/soccer field with a track, softball and baseball diamonds, a multilevel parking lot and maybe even a swimming pool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2001 | ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pacific Symphony will launch a multidisciplinary arts education program in August for Orange County middle school students, it was announced Tuesday. Dubbed arts-X-press, the program will team children from diverse backgrounds and offer intense arts study, introductions to cultural activities and performances by professionals. The program was developed by the symphony's education department and its music director, Carl St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five of Orange County's 28 school districts are searching this spring for new superintendents to lead their school systems, a job that has become increasingly tough to fill in California. The Huntington Beach City School District, Fullerton School District, Brea Olinda Unified, Centralia and Saddleback Valley Unified are all looking for chiefs. Districts across California find themselves in the same position, which has created strong competition for good candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scores of donors offering thousands of dollars came forward Thursday so that gifted but impoverished kids could attend a UC Irvine summer program that had lost its scholarship money. Leonard Nimoy, famous for his role as Mr. Spock on the "Star Trek" television show, and his wife, Susan, pledged $10,000 and urged other foundations and donors to match that amount.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET
As part of a broad plan to give $25 million over several years to improve schools serving Irvine Ranch communities, Irvine Co. and the Donald Bren Foundation on Wednesday announced the first distribution of funds. For the 2001-02 school year, about $2.8 million will go to 52 schools as cash awards of $15,000 each to teachers and principals for outstanding work, and to two other education programs. Rich Elbaum, a spokesman for Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In preparing for the Orange County spelling bee this year, winner Marisa Choy devoured medical terms and names of mammals. She pored over names of colors and Spanish words. She scrutinized scientific terms and literary terms and words from myths and famous speeches. By sheer osmosis, she soaked up words as familiar as pump, pillbox and sundown and as obscure as phugoid, seiche and kamelaukion. But in the end it came down to one word: reticule. That's R-E-T-I-C-U-L-E. Never heard of it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As security was tightened at a Tustin high school and a bomb squad combed a Garden Grove campus Friday, law enforcement officials said threats of violence at Orange County schools just keep coming. Since the shootings in Santee and neighboring El Cajon in San Diego County, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has investigated more than 60 school threats in south Orange County, said spokesman Steve Doan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona today will officially unveil the department's ambitious plans to team deputies with teachers and administrators to gather intelligence on problem kids to prevent campus violence. Though the effort was conceived months ago, sheriff's officials said the latest round of school shootings--including the deadly violence in Santee last week--underscores the need for tighter security on campus.
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