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October 11, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Three years ago, Kyle Jones had a D in high school algebra, and he wasn't particularly bothered by it. But Kyle's approach to his studies changed with a California law that requires all high school students, starting with the class of 2004, to complete algebra I in order to graduate. The law, passed in 2000, applies to all students, including special-education students, English learners and students enrolled in continuation schools.
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By Angela Hokanson | July 12, 2008
Some local and state educators are dismayed over the state board of education’s recent decision that, three years from now, will effectively require California students to take Algebra I in eighth grade. The state board, which sets policy for kindergarten through 12th-grade education in areas such as standards and assessment, approved the change with an 8-1 vote during its meeting on Wednesday. The move was supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who expressed his endorsement of the change the day before the meeting.
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By Alison Tully | September 20, 2008
BURBANK — The Board of Education discussed its progress Thursday night with meeting a 2010 statewide mandate to enroll all eighth-graders in Algebra I. News of the requirement reached the district in July, and since then staff members and teachers have been working to alter the curriculum to transition more eighth-graders into Algebra I. In the past, high school students typically finished algebra by the end of 10th grade by taking one...
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By Zain Shauk | June 6, 2009
The future may be uncertain for the class of 2009, but one thing is clear, senior Marianne Epstein told her fellow John Burroughs High School graduates Thursday. “The worst is over — no more state testing,” she said. Her speech, one of six by students, drew cheers from the crowd of cap-and-gown-clad students on the school’s football field. Bursts of confetti and screams of joy capped off the ceremony, which took place under stadium lights as a cool breeze blew across the field, waving tassels and red gowns.
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December 20, 2008
Court upholds math requirement The Sacramento Supreme Court upheld a preliminary injunction on a mandate from the California Board of Education that all of the state?s eighth-graders take elementary algebra within three years. The mandate would have cost districts across the state a total of $3.1 billion because of the additional teachers and materials required to comply with the stringent standard, said Jack O?Connell, state superintendent of public instruction. More than half of the state?
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May 18, 2002
Maya Kukes HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- It's not too early to get a jump on the next grade -- that's the thinking behind the Summer Enrichment Program at the Stough Canyon Nature Center. Joe Reed, a 20-year Burbank Unified teacher is the instructor and creator of "One Step Ahead." The program's classes are tailored for each student to learn skills of the next grade level, as well as organizational techniques. "The key idea is we're being proactive for getting kids ready for what they'll see in fall," Reed said.
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February 9, 2002
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Les Abramson loved the game of backgammon. He'd wake up early before work and play the game online against players all over the world. He even taught most of his students how to play. Abramson, 52 and a former math teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School and John Burroughs High School, died Sunday of lung cancer. About 300 people attended a memorial service for him Wednesday in Simi Valley. Mike Krose, an algebra and geometry teacher at Burroughs High, often met with Abramson during lunch for quick games when the two taught at Luther Burbank Middle School.
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August 16, 2003
Molly Shore Test scores throughout the Burbank Unified School District are on the rise, but students still have room for improvement, according to California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results released Friday by the state Department of Education. The range of performance levels assigned districts throughout the state ranged from "far below basic" to "advanced." Districtwide, Burbank students achieved basic performance levels in English Language Arts, but second-, third- and fourth-graders achieved proficient levels in math.
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May 30, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- The high school exit exam made its first run through the school district's ninth-grade classrooms this year, though teachers and students did not know at the time of testing if the results would be counted. The exam is cumulative and tests students on a kindergarten through 10th-grade curriculum, which includes some material most ninth-grade students have not been exposed to. Senate Bill 2 -- passed last spring -- authorized the development of the High School Exit Exam, which must be passed by students in California public schools in order to graduate.
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August 17, 2005
Sarah Hill Students in the Burbank Unified School District are more proficient in English, math, history and science than they were last year according to California Standardized Test scores results released by the California Department of Education on Monday. The results of the California High School Exit Exam also show that the majority of the district's students continue to pass the exam on their first attempt. The California Standardized Test takes place in the spring and measures the proficiency of students in grades 2 through 11 in various subjects with scores categorized as advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | January 20, 2010
Just the very mention of math makes some people run for the hills. But for ?Math Doctor? Ron Hartwell, it?s just another day in the classroom. Hartwell, owner of Glendale-based Math Doctor, tutors students from across the region ? including Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada and Burbank ? and specializes in making mathematics less intimidating. ?Each student?s different,? Hartwell said as he sat in a booth at a Starbucks in Glendale, which sometimes doubles as one of his classrooms.
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NEWS
By Zain Shauk | June 6, 2009
The future may be uncertain for the class of 2009, but one thing is clear, senior Marianne Epstein told her fellow John Burroughs High School graduates Thursday. “The worst is over — no more state testing,” she said. Her speech, one of six by students, drew cheers from the crowd of cap-and-gown-clad students on the school’s football field. Bursts of confetti and screams of joy capped off the ceremony, which took place under stadium lights as a cool breeze blew across the field, waving tassels and red gowns.
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By Zain Shauk | January 17, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank Unified School District administrators Thursday proposed giving some middle school students two math classes to help improve performance. The suggestion came during a report presented to the Board of Education showing strong midyear eighth-grade algebra scores during the first year of an effort to enroll all students in algebra classes before they reach high school. All eighth-graders this year are enrolled in algebra courses, at the least, following a two-year effort to transition sixth- and seventh-grade curricula to incorporate more algebraic principles in advance of formal algebra courses, said Jan Britz, assistant superintendent for instructional services.
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December 20, 2008
Court upholds math requirement The Sacramento Supreme Court upheld a preliminary injunction on a mandate from the California Board of Education that all of the state?s eighth-graders take elementary algebra within three years. The mandate would have cost districts across the state a total of $3.1 billion because of the additional teachers and materials required to comply with the stringent standard, said Jack O?Connell, state superintendent of public instruction. More than half of the state?
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By Alison Tully | September 20, 2008
BURBANK — The Board of Education discussed its progress Thursday night with meeting a 2010 statewide mandate to enroll all eighth-graders in Algebra I. News of the requirement reached the district in July, and since then staff members and teachers have been working to alter the curriculum to transition more eighth-graders into Algebra I. In the past, high school students typically finished algebra by the end of 10th grade by taking one...
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | July 12, 2008
Some local and state educators are dismayed over the state board of education’s recent decision that, three years from now, will effectively require California students to take Algebra I in eighth grade. The state board, which sets policy for kindergarten through 12th-grade education in areas such as standards and assessment, approved the change with an 8-1 vote during its meeting on Wednesday. The move was supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who expressed his endorsement of the change the day before the meeting.
NEWS
August 17, 2005
Sarah Hill Students in the Burbank Unified School District are more proficient in English, math, history and science than they were last year according to California Standardized Test scores results released by the California Department of Education on Monday. The results of the California High School Exit Exam also show that the majority of the district's students continue to pass the exam on their first attempt. The California Standardized Test takes place in the spring and measures the proficiency of students in grades 2 through 11 in various subjects with scores categorized as advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic.
NEWS
October 11, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Three years ago, Kyle Jones had a D in high school algebra, and he wasn't particularly bothered by it. But Kyle's approach to his studies changed with a California law that requires all high school students, starting with the class of 2004, to complete algebra I in order to graduate. The law, passed in 2000, applies to all students, including special-education students, English learners and students enrolled in continuation schools.
NEWS
August 16, 2003
Molly Shore Test scores throughout the Burbank Unified School District are on the rise, but students still have room for improvement, according to California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results released Friday by the state Department of Education. The range of performance levels assigned districts throughout the state ranged from "far below basic" to "advanced." Districtwide, Burbank students achieved basic performance levels in English Language Arts, but second-, third- and fourth-graders achieved proficient levels in math.
NEWS
May 18, 2002
Maya Kukes HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- It's not too early to get a jump on the next grade -- that's the thinking behind the Summer Enrichment Program at the Stough Canyon Nature Center. Joe Reed, a 20-year Burbank Unified teacher is the instructor and creator of "One Step Ahead." The program's classes are tailored for each student to learn skills of the next grade level, as well as organizational techniques. "The key idea is we're being proactive for getting kids ready for what they'll see in fall," Reed said.
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