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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Registration for the California High School Proficiency Examination is now open to those able to prove proficiency in basic skills and wish to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. The State Department of Education defines proficiency as the average performance of a second-semester senior in a California high school. Those 16 years and older, whether enrolled in school or not, may sign up for the test through Nov. 6. A $47 registration fee is required.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2000
Re "Bilingual Education," Ventura County letters, July 30. In this letter Denis O'Leary asserts that "one year of intensive English immersion in California has failed." But he fails to back up this assertion, and the facts are otherwise. After one year of English immersion, statewide English learners' test scores have increased in every area, in every grade level. Some school districts saw increases of up to 18% in some areas for English learners. There is other evidence of progress since 1998.
NEWS
May 12, 1988
The Santa Monica-Malibu School District's annual Language Census Report shows a drop in the percentage of students with limited English proficiency and a rise in the number of students redesignated from limited to fluent in English. The report, measuring changes between March, 1987, and March, 1988, was presented to the Board of Education on Monday. In March, students with limited proficiency accounted for 15.6%, or 1,490, of the district's pupils, compared to 15.9% last year.
BOOKS
January 28, 1990 | Thomas Cahill, Cahill, former North American education correspondent for the Times (London), is editor of "The Bookperson," a new mail-order book review. and
Aproper dilemma needs two horns; and, it would appear from Howard Gardner's provocative new book, the dilemma of contemporary education is no exception. The horns, in this case, are freedom and discipline. The question before the house is how to incorporate both into one's educational scheme without slighting either.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1990 | JANET BERGAMO
Seeking better ways to evaluate student achievement, the Fillmore Unified School District is designing its own testing program for reading and writing. Supt. Marlene Davis said at a school board meeting Tuesday that standardized tests such as the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills evaluate individual skills but do not give teachers a full picture of student progress. The board heard a presentation by members of a language arts committee that has spent two years on the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1995 | CATHERINE SAILLANT
Registration is underway for the first of three high school proficiency exams that will be administered next year, officials said Wednesday. Sign-up forms must be turned in by Jan. 10. The three-hour test will be held Jan. 20 at the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Office in Camarillo. Those passing the exam receive a certificate that is the legal equivalent of a high school diploma. The registration fee is $47.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1988 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
The performance of Orange County schools on the recently released California Assessment Program scores varied greatly, and generally depended on how many of their students had limited English-speaking ability. Schools with high ratios of immigrant students invariably show up among those with the lowest scores, while those with few limited-English speakers usually get the highest scores, according to the test results. For example, Santiago High in Garden Grove lists 25.
NEWS
October 22, 1997 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
U.S. education officials announced in May how the nation--and each state--scored on a report card of science achievement: Abysmally. But that was a report card without grades. On Tuesday, a new analysis of the scores--measuring them against standards of "advanced" to less than "basic" mastery of science knowledge--fills out the portrait, detailing how badly the nation's fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders performed on the federal assessment.
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