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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | September 29, 2010
GLENDALE — Teachers at Glendale Unified no longer have to include student scores on standardized tests in their professional evaluations after an arbitrator ruled that the practice was not included in their agreement with the district. At stake were teacher and campus growth plans, and whether individual teacher assessment forms should have included student achievement on standardized tests, officials said. The school district's policy negotiated for 2008 and 2009 lacked the necessary agreement with the Glendale Teachers Assn.
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July 29, 2005
DAN KIMBER In writing this column I've made the acquaintance of a number of good people, one of the nicest being a woman who has contacted me on a number of occasions about the state of our schools. Her name is Frances Brannon, and she has some very interesting ideas. Her own children attended public school in Irving, Texas. Some of her grandchildren (she has 15 and five great-grand- children) are presently attending Glendale schools. Her concern is how we might better serve the children in our schools.
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September 28, 2000
I was not at all surprised that Crescenta Valley High School's SAT scores dropped. It seems like Crescenta Valley's administration is taking an arrogant approach to the SAT and other standardized tests. Principal Evans' comments were quite illogical and irrational. Students of all academic levels have been taking the SAT for years, and should not be attributed to the drop in scores. Students of all levels are supposed to be encouraged to take the SAT I Reasoning Test.
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January 13, 2012
That Clark Magnet High School stands to earn its second National Blue Ribbon designation is a testament to that model of delivering education to a diverse student population. The math-and-science-focused campus was one of just 35 schools in California to be nominated for the 2012 federal designation, the gold standard in public education, after having already earned it in 2006. Clark earned this honor by scoring 909 out of a total 1,000 points in 2011 in standardized tests, making it the highest-performing high school in Glendale Unified, despite a large population of low-income students.
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By Anthony Kim | May 3, 2007
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Preparing for standardized tests took the form of an energized pep rally Wednesday at Cerritos Elementary School. Balloons, cheering and chanting filled the auditorium as the school faculty and administration tried to motivate the students to feel confident about taking the Standardized Testing and Reporting — or STAR — exam, as it is more commonly known. "It tests what you learn the whole entire year," said Ally Munoz, 10, who sat with a group in front of the assembly, leading the other students in the Wildcat Chant.
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February 7, 2001
Believe it or not, the academic train of failing students careening wildly out of control down the rotting railroad tracks and heading for a wreck at the end of the line seems to have slowed down a bit. How do we know this? Test scores, without which there would be no measurement of achievement nor proof that retention of classroom lectures and textbook readings is possible. Thankfully, the 2000 Academic Performance Index scores released last month have proven that, if given a chance and a teacher with incentive, students can learn their lessons well enough to make a pleasing grade on those fear-inducing standardized tests.
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March 22, 2003
Janine Marnien Candidates running for open seats on the local school board and college board answered questions on topics ranging from school uniforms to standardized tests at a forum sponsored by the Crescenta Valley Town Council. Four candidates vying for seats on the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education and five hoping for seats on the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees spoke to a handful of residents. The forum was Thursday at the regular meeting of the Town Council.
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By Zain Shauk | May 11, 2010
A marching band, cheerleaders and public officials stirred Mann Elementary School students into a frenzy of cheers Monday in anticipation of a week of standardized tests. Visiting speakers pushed the students to aim for a target of 825 points out of 1,000 on the exams, which begin Tuesday. “Let’s hear it,” Al Ferrara, a former Dodger outfielder and invited inspirational speaker, told the crowd of cheering students on the Mann blacktop. “We’re going to do 825!
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By: | August 16, 2005
o7The following schools made the largest gains this year in the percentage of students scoring as proficient or advanced on standardized tests. f7 SCHOOL GRADE 2003-04 2004-05 INCREASE ENGLISH Paularino Elementary 2 30% 62% 32% Killybrooke Elementary 5 26% 54% 28% Andersen Elementary 2 63% 87% 24% Eastbluff Elementary 2 64% 84% 20% Newport Coast Elementary 3 51% 70% 19% TeWinkle Middle School 6 25% 37% 12% Corona del Mar High School 11 48% 70% 22% Corona del Mar High School 8 56% 70% 14% Costa Mesa High School 8 27% 47% 20% MATHEMATICS Killybrooke Elementary 5 14% 46% 32% Mariners Elementary 5 62% 87% 25% Victoria Elementary 3 40% 63% 23% Ada Middle School 4 27% 48% 21% Wilson Elementary 3 34% 54% 20% Pomona Elementary 3 15% 34% 19% Eastbluff Elementary 2 75% 94% 19% Eastbluff Elementary 5 60% 78% 18% Kaiser Elementary 5 36% 54% 18% TeWinkle Middle School 6 19% 31% 12%
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May 2, 2002
Janine Marnien GLENDALE -- If there's one thing students and teachers can agree on about the standardized testing facing the Glendale and La Canada unified school districts, it's that a lot of them are being given in a short time. The onslaught of exams has some students tired and some teachers worried, Crescenta Valley High biology teacher Priscilla Beckman said. "You feel so badly for the students, because they're so tired and so stressed," she said.
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By Joylene Wagner | August 22, 2013
I recently finished a pedometer walking challenge organized by my local Curves. For four weeks I counted my steps every day with the aim of reaching at least 5,000, preferably 10,000, steps or more. The challenge was both motivating and fun. Now I make a point of walking more, still checking the pedometer for my progress, and I'm enjoying the company of the new walking buddies I gained along the way. Ideally, public education's standardized tests would operate the same way, providing a challenge to motivate students, teachers and administrators alike.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 8, 2013
Glendale schools experienced a slight dip in test scores in English and math, keeping pace with a statewide trend that some education officials blame on drastic budget cuts in school districts throughout California. In Glendale, 70% of students tested as proficient or advanced in the English-language arts portion of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) exam in 2013 compared to 71% who achieved the same in 2012, according to data released this week by the California Department of Education.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | May 7, 2012
Sitting down to an exam never looked so fun Monday at Horace Mann Elementary School, where public officials and community leaders descended on the campus for a standardized testing kickoff celebration. “We are trying to tell the kids that this is a celebration of their learning,” Principal Rosa Alonso said as she weaved through the crowd doling out high fives. It is testing season for California public school districts. Horace Mann students, like thousands of others in grades 2 through 11 across Glendale Unified, are sitting for the California Standards Tests - commonly known as the CSTs - that assess proficiency in subjects including English, math, science and history.
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January 13, 2012
That Clark Magnet High School stands to earn its second National Blue Ribbon designation is a testament to that model of delivering education to a diverse student population. The math-and-science-focused campus was one of just 35 schools in California to be nominated for the 2012 federal designation, the gold standard in public education, after having already earned it in 2006. Clark earned this honor by scoring 909 out of a total 1,000 points in 2011 in standardized tests, making it the highest-performing high school in Glendale Unified, despite a large population of low-income students.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | May 10, 2011
As state standardized testing wraps up this week, the California Department of Education has given local school officials something new to chew on, releasing base academic performance scores and comparative school rankings. The base Academic Performance Index scores — which mirror those reported last fall as part of the 2009-10 testing data — are important because they will serve as the benchmark by which all school testing progress will be measured when the new results are announced this fall.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | May 2, 2011
Horace Mann Elementary School kicked off testing season on Monday with flashing lights, pom-poms and energetic speeches meant to put a positive spin on an otherwise tense few weeks. “This is a celebration,” said Mann Elementary Principal Rosa Alonso of the rally, which drew district administrators and local celebrities. “Our testing is our championship game and we are really getting the kids excited about showing what they know, and showing the world how smart they are.” Horace Mann students are joining thousands of others — grades 2 through 11 — across Glendale Unified in taking the California Standards Tests, state-wide exams that assess proficiency in several subjects, including English, math, science and history.
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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | September 29, 2010
GLENDALE — Teachers at Glendale Unified no longer have to include student scores on standardized tests in their professional evaluations after an arbitrator ruled that the practice was not included in their agreement with the district. At stake were teacher and campus growth plans, and whether individual teacher assessment forms should have included student achievement on standardized tests, officials said. The school district's policy negotiated for 2008 and 2009 lacked the necessary agreement with the Glendale Teachers Assn.
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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | September 13, 2010
GLENDALE — Student achievement improved in Glendale Unified, but two of the district's four main high schools did not hit their academic targets, according to standardized test data released Monday. Hoover and Glendale high schools, as well as Toll Middle School, join Roosevelt Middle School as campuses in "Program Improvement," a federal designation for schools that do not meet federal benchmarks in consecutive years. Because Hoover's English language learners missed their target on the English language arts exams, the school is pegged as being in program improvement, despite a 10-point growth on the state accountability exam.
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By Zain Shauk | May 11, 2010
A marching band, cheerleaders and public officials stirred Mann Elementary School students into a frenzy of cheers Monday in anticipation of a week of standardized tests. Visiting speakers pushed the students to aim for a target of 825 points out of 1,000 on the exams, which begin Tuesday. “Let’s hear it,” Al Ferrara, a former Dodger outfielder and invited inspirational speaker, told the crowd of cheering students on the Mann blacktop. “We’re going to do 825!
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By Dan Kimber | June 26, 2009
My friend Samanthe Kadar teaches geography at Cal State Northridge and Glendale Community College and receives a good number of graduates from our high schools in Glendale. Over the last decade or so, she has seen a change come over entering freshmen and has a few words of advice for future grads headed her way in the coming years. I’ve lifted some quotes from her standard welcome to new students that some of you, especially recent high school graduates, should find very informative.
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