September 13, 2000 |
Flawed and inconsistent data are creating headaches for state education officials as they attempt to sort out which schools will qualify for big payouts based on improvements in Stanford 9 test scores. The state had hoped to issue the eagerly awaited results on Sept. 26 but has pushed the date to Oct. 4. The problems raise questions about the reliability of the state's fledgling accountability program, which determines how the state will distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in rewards.
September 4, 2000 |
As the new school year gets underway this week, 431 low-performing campuses statewide are taking a chance on a program that gives them money to raise test scores but also promises sanctions if they fail to show significant progress. These schools have volunteered for a plan that labels them "underperforming" but offers $96 million in aid to improve academic achievement. By doing so, they have placed themselves at the center of California's nascent accountability system.
August 30, 2000 |
Orange County students posted moderate increases in their SAT scores this year, and in at least one district they showed substantial gains over the previous year, the College Board reported Tuesday. In the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, which has six traditional high schools in Fullerton, La Habra and Buena Park, students earned an average total score of 1108--536 in verbal and 572 in mathematics--up 25 points from scores in the previous school year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2000
With the prospect of rewards and punishments looming, California schools dug in last spring to boost results on the Stanford 9 basic skills test. Here are the schools posting the biggest gains since statewide testing began in 1998. The first column lists the percentage of students at each school who scored at or above the 50th percentile (the national average) in 2000. The final column shows the percentage point increase over two years in the number of students attaining that benchmark.
August 15, 2000 |
California students who are not proficient in English improved their scores on the Stanford 9 standardized test at about the same rate as their fluent classmates, but new state data released Monday continue to show an immense disparity between the two groups. Broken out by fluency, the test results highlight the stark reality that there are two distinct levels of learning and achievement in the state.
July 31, 2000 |
With California's youngest students showing progress, state officials and education experts say the state's middle schools, which have stagnated, need to be the next focus of school reform. The need for change is evident in this year's Stanford 9 scores. Results for primary school students showed significant gains, whereas scores in the middle grades only inched up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 |
Berta Cochario isn't panicking yet. But the principal of Betty Plasencia Elementary School knows the pressure will soon be on to explain the lackluster performance of her campus on the Stanford 9 tests. The severely crowded school just north of downtown is struggling to improve its overall score, which crept up 1.7 percentage points on scores released Monday but is still down 2.4 percentage points from 1998, the first year of statewide testing.