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May 10, 2001
Re "Students Boycott Standardized Test," May 4: What do the rich kids of Scarsdale, N.Y., know? You state that 195 of 290 eighth-graders, with their parents' blessings, refused to take standardized exams to protest the increasing amount of class time being spent on preparing for them and the interference of those exams with a broader, in-depth curriculum. Do those kids know something that our kids and parents don't? Steve Bell Culver City
February 10, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
California boasts one of the nation's highest percentages of public school students passing AP tests, but educators are concerned about a dramatic slowdown in the rate of students taking those college-level courses, according to an annual report released Wednesday. In 2009, about 21% of California's senior class earned a score of 3 or higher on one or more Advanced Placement exams. The national rate was 16%. The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with scores of 3 and above accepted for college credit at many colleges and universities.
July 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
The White House is warning that anthrax field tests, widely used since last fall's terrorist attacks, give fast but often incorrect results, prompting authorities to shut down buildings prematurely and hand out unneeded antibiotics. In a memo being sent Monday to more than 250 federal agencies and to firefighters, police officers and local officials across the country, authorities say none of the commercially available field tests are reliable.
May 11, 2011
Water won't wait Re "Messing with Devil's Gate," Editorial, May 6 I lived in La Crescenta during the great flood of 1938. I remember listening to radio reports that Devil's Gate Dam was in imminent danger of collapsing. Fortunately it didn't, and the Arroyo Seco and the communities below were saved from a deluge of mud and water. The fact that the dam's basin has been allowed to fill with sediment over the years is a sign of ignorance and mismanagement. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors should make clearing out the basin a top priority.
April 25, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
Sound technicians from the Orange County Fairgrounds' Pacific Amphitheatre conducted a sound test this month to determine whether concerts at the county fair in July might pose a noise problem for nearby neighbors. "We did different tests in different neighborhoods and we had our switchboard open for calls," said Jill Lloyd, a spokeswoman for the fairgrounds.
August 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
Six of seven mid-size sport-utility vehicles suffered significant damage to their bumpers in low-speed crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday. The 5-miles-per-hour tests conducted by the institute are designed to imitate the impact that often occurs in commuter traffic and parking lots. Six of the 2001 and 2002 SUVs tested in four crashes earned marginal or poor marks. The Acura MDX got the highest mark of any mid-size SUV the institute has tested.
November 3, 2003
Re "Student Test Scores Jump," Oct. 25: The results of recent statewide tests implies kudos to students, educators and politicians, yet the article warns that only 33% of 10th- and 32% of 11th-graders "were deemed proficient in English." Considering the vast investment of effort and funding in test preparation and administration, what has been accomplished? Are students who have shown improvement truly better able to compute, communicate and think critically, or are they merely prepped in strategies to better "guess" the most likely choice from among the four or five presented?
U.S. safety regulators released crash-test results Tuesday that showed a driver of a Honda Accord was twice as likely to sustain severe injuries when struck in the side by a Ford Explorer than if hit by three other smaller vehicles. The preliminary results are consistent with federal accident data that indicate that light trucks--sport-utility vehicles, minivans and pickups--pose a danger to passenger cars in collisions, regulators said.
August 6, 2001
I learned a lot from reading "It's Truly a Dangerous World Out There" (July 24) and from taking staff writer Roy Rivenburg's quiz to "see if you can tell fake from real news." The article not only stumped me several times, but taught me some important principles about why we tend to believe and pass on false stories. 1. Since so many true stories are genuinely weird or unbelievable, we can't use those two characteristics as tests. 2. Frequently public opinion or judicial/legislative precedent is unfair and/or unevenly applied.
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