May 18, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- Jonathan Torrez shrugged his shoulders and grinned when he mused on the annual rite of spring in Burbank schools: taking standardized tests. "It's easy. It's all pretty much stuff we've learned," the John Burroughs High School sophomore said. Burroughs junior Melissa Ruiz agreed. "They're really easy," she said. "We just get tested on the same stuff we learn in class." Caroline Brumm, coordinator of student and program evaluation, said students often think the test is simpler than it is, making their cries of "it's so easy" misleading.
April 23, 2013
I am writing in response to your recent article about McKinley Elementary School, where a teacher was recently accused of giving answers to a student while administering the California Standards Test (“ Test scores under investigation ,” April 20). Our son, a McKinley student, is not in the third-grade class where the alleged cheating took place. He did not take the test at all because we decided to opt him out of testing, which is a parental right the California Education Code guarantees.
September 6, 2013
Re: “ School breaks 900 API mark ,” Aug. 31. Why this incessant need to associate high scores with academic achievement? High scores are fine and dandy, but what does it really prove? Someone can practice test-taking strategies to elevate their score. We have to stop putting so much emphasis on a score that may or may not help a person succeed in life. We definitely must not attach a student's success or failure on these standardized tests as a qualification of a teacher's success or failure in educating and reaching out to their students.
May 12, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Achievement tests were completed this week, followed by a major sigh of relief from teachers and students in the Burbank Unified School District. Local school officials are hopeful the nationwide standardized tests -- the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT 9) -- will give them a read on how much their students are learning. However, class time lost on studying for the exam frustrates some teachers. "It completely disrupts our routine," said David Harris, a calculus, pre-calculus and second-year algebra teacher at Burbank High School.
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.
September 1, 2007
BURBANK — Results from state and federal standardized tests Friday revealed the Burbank Unified School District was holding strong in overall scores while a few schools lagged behind. The district’s Academic Performance Index score was 787, 13 points away from the state mandated target of 800, with the district earning five points of growth to keep it within state expectations. The Academic Performance Index is a compilation of scores from three standardized tests students take throughout their school year that sets the bar for their targeted growth this year.
March 13, 2010
A Burbank middle school is on a list released Thursday of schools that have not met federal proficiency targets on standardized tests. Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank Unified and Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale Unified were among the roughly 2,500 schools statewide that are being monitored for not meeting either math or English student achievement standards two years in a row. If the campuses do not meet their benchmarks within...
March 19, 2005
Rosette Gonzales If children are the future, then the future in Burbank is bright, according to the 2004 Academic Performance Index Base Report. Four elementary schools in the Burbank Unified School District exceeded the statewide performance target with high scores in the report, released this Tuesday. Schools are given a base score between 200 and 1,000 with 800 being the statewide performance target. Schools that do not meet the target have a calculated growth goal to increase their scores annually.
December 17, 2005
For seniors preparing to graduate high school, the California High School Exit Exam is a final hurdle they must clear. For the school district and parents, it is a first step to ensuring that students have the basic skills and knowledge they'll need to succeed. It was good to learn last week that about 87% of Burbank Unified School District's seniors -- the first class required to pass the test in order to graduate -- have passed the exam. Students may grumble that it's "not fair."
January 26, 2000
Darrell Satzman and Irma Lemus BURBANK -- The performance of students at all but three of Burbank's public schools met or exceeded California averages on standardized tests according to statewide results released Tuesday. But while the news was mostly positive for the Burbank Unified School District, the scores also revealed none of Burbank's 16 schools taking part in testing reached the state's target score. Except for Walt Disney, Providencia and William McKinley elementary schools, which finished just below the median score, Burbank schools ended up in the top half of the state's new ranking system, the Academic Performance Index.