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...
August 31, 2012
The Burbank Unified School District saw significant gains in standardized test scores when results were released Friday. The state's Standards Testing and Reporting (STAR) program evaluates student comprehension of English, math, science and history through multiple-choice tests administered during the school year. Student scores are ranked as “advanced,” “proficient,” “basic,” “below basic” or “far below basic.” At a Friday morning press conference in Pasadena, state Supt.
April 1, 2009
Mary Wall, a trained civil engineer and mother of three, knows too well the pain of teaching a range of students the oft-vexing subject of mathematics. Her eldest, 14, is highly gifted. Her middle child, 13, must work hard to excel. And her 11-year-old, who has Down’s syndrome, struggles with simple concepts and memorization. “The doctor explained, ‘You have to expect that she’ll never do long division,’” Wall said. “We tried memorizing songs, poems.
June 29, 2005
Students' good head for figures Burbank students proved they know their multiplication tables and much more at the Los Angeles County Math Field Day June 4 at Torrance High School. The teams of fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh-graders were tested in five areas, including math reasoning, algebra and statistics and data analysis. The school district honored the following students at Thursday's school board meeting with math certificates for their exceptional performanceL: Laina Do and Dana Elliott (Jefferson Elementary)
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.
August 24, 2002
Molly Shore Seeking to increase Stanford 9 test scores, Burbank educators got new math textbooks aligned to test standards last year, and started utilizing math specialists in middle and secondary schools. Their efforts paid off -- the 2002 tests show hefty percentage increases in math. For example, Emerson Elementary School second graders went from a 60th percentile rank in 2001 to a 74th percentile rank this year. Emerson fourth graders jumped 19 points, from the 58th to the 77th percentile.
March 12, 2005
High school faculty to take on L.A. Breakers John Burroughs High School Cheer Squad hosts an evening of competition as the high school faculty takes on the Los Angeles Breakers, professional dwarf basketball players. The activity is a fundraiser for the cheerleading squad and starts at 7 p.m. March 18 Friday in the gym, 1920 W. Clark Ave. Pizza, popcorn and refreshments will be for sale. Tickets are $6. For more information, call (818) 558-4777.
September 16, 2006
Debi S. Malouf , the daughter of Chuck and Nickie Malouf of Burbank, and Derek A. Dodds , the son of Isabel Dodds and the late Derek Dodds of Citrus Heights, Calif., were married at St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Los Angeles. A formal reception was held following the ceremony at the Hilton Glendale hotel. The bride graduated from Burbank High School in 1989. She received her bachelor's degree in math from Cal State Northridge in 1993, her teacher's credential in 1994, and her master's degree in math education also from CSUN in 1997.
July 26, 2003
Molly Shore Burbank public schools have exceeded federal standards for reading, writing and math, according to new academic performance indicators released this week. Nearly 39% of Burbank Unified students tested last year were proficient in English-language arts, and nearly 42% were proficient in math, according to the Adequate Yearly Progress Report, a component of the No Child Left Behind Act. The baseline numbers for students statewide were 12% for reading and writing and 12.8% for math.