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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
GLENDALE — More students in Glendale and Burbank are meeting or surpassing their grade level requirements, according to data released Monday by the California Department of Education. The growth is on par with the rest of the state, which saw its scores increase for an eighth consecutive year. State scores grew by about two percentage points to 52.3% in English language arts and 48% in math. In Glendale, 66.7% students tested at or above proficiency on the English portion of the California Standards Test, an accountability exam that's intended to measure student skills at grade level.
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August 19, 2011
That Burbank and Glendale teachers were able to wring improvements in math and English-language test scores from their students under the weight of budget cuts is a testament to their drive and spirit. Despite millions in state education funding cuts and the ongoing, protracted battles between their union leadership and district officials, teachers were still able to extract overall improvements in the two categories of between 2% and 3% in the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting program.
NEWS
July 20, 2000
GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OVERALL HIGH SCHOOL 2000 STANFORD 9 RESULTS Scores from 1999 and 2000 reflect cumulative average by grade based on a 100-point scale, with 50 as a statewide average. CLARK MAGNET Reading '99 '00 Grade 9 56 59 Grade 10 51 56 Grade 11 / 54 Math '99 '00 Grade 9 81 81 Grade 10 81 77 Grade 11 / 78 Language '99 '00 Grade 9 72 80 Grade 10 65 71 Grade 11 / 69 Science'99 '00 Grade 9 60 62 Grade 10 62 63 Grade 11 / 59 Social Sci. '99 '00 Grade 9 62 63 Grade 10 57 55 Grade 11 / 71 CRESCENTA VALLEY Reading '99 '00 Grade 9 54 54 Grade 10 51 54 Grade 11 54 54 Math '99 '00 Grade 9 77 73 Grade 10 69 71 Grade 11 73 74 Language '99 '00 Grade 9 72 71 Grade 10 61 68 Grade 11 66 65 Science'99 '00 Grade 9 59 58 Grade 10 61 62 Grade 11 65 63 Social Sci. '99 '00 Grade 9 57 58 Grade 10 57 55 Grade 11 71 71 GLENDALE Reading '99 '00 Grade 9 28 29 Grade 10 26 26 Grade 11 32 33 Math '99 '00 Grade 9 50 51 Grade 10 50 45 Grade 11 52 54 Language '99 '00 Grade 9 51 58 Grade 10 40 41 Grade 11 49 55 Science'99 '00 Grade 9 35 38 Grade 10 37 34 Grade 11 37 39 Social Sci. '99 '00 Grade 9...
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By Vince Lovato | August 12, 2006
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — More La Cañada high school students are taking advanced placement tougher classes at La Cañada High School, but their standardized state test scores are down slightly in math and science, according to state test results. School district officials are concerned with the drop. They want to find out if the tougher classes are behind it. La Cañada students are still increasing scores on English/language-arts tests and the district is one of the top three in standardized test scores in California, said Lindi Dreibelbis Arthur, the district’s director of assessment, research and consolidated programs.
NEWS
August 26, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Parents eager to see how their children scored on recently released Standard Testing and Reporting program exams will have to wait a few weeks more. Reports that have traditionally been mailed off by mid-August will probably not be sent until September because it will take longer than normal to print them, said Terry Dutton, Glendale Unified School District's director of testing and assessment. "They decided they had to be in color this year, and that has really delayed things," Dutton said.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Glendale's public school students raced past state and federal standards in standardized test scores released Tuesday. Over the next nine years, educators aim to get the students to average at least 800 on a 200-1,000 scale. With its lowest school score at 681, high above the minimum score of 560, Glendale public schools are on target for growth according to federal and state standards. Based on an annual measurement called Adequate Yearly Progress, Glendale's public schools met all of its 38 targets.
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By Zain Shauk | August 18, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Students in Glendale and Burbank made historic gains in standardized test scores for 2009, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Education. More students met the state’s proficiency marks than ever before for almost every testing category, according to the reports. Some grade levels made striking double-digit gains in some areas, particularly in the fourth grade. About 75% of Burbank Unified School District fourth-graders scored at or above the state’s proficiency rating for English and language arts, up from 66% in 2008 and 60% the year before.
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By: Michael Miller | August 16, 2005
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District showed gains in most of its standardized test scores this year, with English and mathematics scores rising even as high school science scores took a distinct drop. District administrators hailed the scores as a sign of progress, noting that schools showed growth in English and math at every grade level and that some schools more than doubled their percentages of proficient and advanced scores from a year ago. "The magic of it all, the secret, is hard work -- making sure standards are taught at every grade level," said Supt.
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By Anthony Kim | August 16, 2007
GLENDALE — Glendale Unified School District managed to eke out some gains over its already high scores on statewide standards tests, according to results released Wednesday. School district officials were pleased with the raw results for the 2007 Standardized Testing and Reporting program — a statewide student assessment program comprising five exams that test elementary, middle and high school students on core subjects. But they were reserving judgment on schools’ effectiveness in raising student achievement because the real high-stakes evaluations come at the end of the month.
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By Zain Shauk | March 19, 2009
GLENDALE — Kelly Schroeder is one of many teachers throughout the Glendale Unified School District who have helped raise elementary school test scores, and she has done it with 36 students in her classroom. But if she taught in the Burbank Unified School District, that total would be closer to 30 students. The difference in class sizes might seem small, but it has had a big effect on classroom environments and on budgets, teachers and officials said. While Burbank Unified’s student-to-teacher ratio in the fourth and fifth grades is 30-to-1, Glendale Unified’s average for the same grades is 34-to-1, according to school accountability reports.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
State Supt. Tom Torlakson was in town on Wednesday, but not to speak at a large rally. He was in a much more intimate setting - the home of Glendale Council PTA President Sandy Russell, where he fielded questions from about 10 local parents about the new Common Core State Standards and computerized state exams that students will begin taking next month. Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada, school districts are in the process of implementing the new standards which promote critical thinking, in-depth problem solving and calls on students to read more nonfiction materials.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 18, 2013
Glendale Unified will not apply for federal Race to the Top funds - a potential $30 million payout - a decision that avoids a confrontation with the district's teachers union regarding the use of test scores that scuttled the highly-sought grant application last year. Supt. Dick Sheehan announced that the district had bowed out of the race during Tuesday's board meeting, with 16 days remaining until the application would have been due. With tens of millions of grant dollars to potentially secure, the district planned to use the money to establish robotics labs at all four middle schools, hire additional counselors and fund after-school enrichment classes for high school students.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 5, 2013
Glendale Teachers Assn. officials, in talks with the district regarding its support for federal Race to the Top funds , said they remain concerned regarding testing requirements and funding implications - issues that scuttled Glendale Unified's chances for the multi-million bounty last year. In order to contend for the Race to the Top grants, the district must submit an application to the U.S. Department of Education by Oct. 3 bearing the signatures of school board President Nayiri Nahabedian, Glendale Supt.
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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.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
In its front page story (“Teachers battle union leader,” Oct. 6,), the Glendale News-Press suggests that a large-scale battle among the approximately 1,200 Glendale Unified teachers is brewing over the Glendale Teachers Union's president Tami Carlson's refusal to sign off on the District's Race to the Top grant application. The News-Press cites a “growing number” of the “rank and file” and “several teachers” who have “indicated their support of accepting test scores as part of the job evaluation process” as its evidence of some kind of larger disapproval over Carlson's position.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 29, 2012
As part of Glendale Unified's quest for millions in federal Race to the Top funds, district officials are in union negotiations over a big string attached to the money: using standardized student test scores to evaluate teachers. Much is as at stake - in order to qualify in the competition for what could be $40 million over four years, Glendale Unified and its teachers union must agree on a system for using student test scores during teacher evaluations. The negotiations currently taking place center on just how much weight to give those test scores during the evaluation process.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
Getting lost during the national attention on the recent Chicago Teachers strike was that administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to have student achievement be part of their job evaluation, an unprecedented arrangement. What remains to be seen is which specific results will encompass “student achievement.” Will class grades be used? How about AP test results? What about standardized test scores? These questions are to be answered before the one-year test run of this evaluation system commences.
NEWS
August 19, 2011
That Burbank and Glendale teachers were able to wring improvements in math and English-language test scores from their students under the weight of budget cuts is a testament to their drive and spirit. Despite millions in state education funding cuts and the ongoing, protracted battles between their union leadership and district officials, teachers were still able to extract overall improvements in the two categories of between 2% and 3% in the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting program.
NEWS
August 12, 2011
With school districts facing ever-higher student achievement standards, it should come as no surprise that the battle between teachers and administrators would increase in intensity. In the latest tussle, teachers unions are decrying resolutions under consideration in Burbank, Glendale and elsewhere that would support increasing the length of time in which a new teacher is under evaluation.  Unions don't like the so-called probationary period - which currently lasts for two years - because new teachers can be more easily dismissed during that time than after the probationary period ends.
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By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
GLENDALE — More students in Glendale and Burbank are meeting or surpassing their grade level requirements, according to data released Monday by the California Department of Education. The growth is on par with the rest of the state, which saw its scores increase for an eighth consecutive year. State scores grew by about two percentage points to 52.3% in English language arts and 48% in math. In Glendale, 66.7% students tested at or above proficiency on the English portion of the California Standards Test, an accountability exam that's intended to measure student skills at grade level.
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