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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | 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.
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By Max Zimbert | 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...
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
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."
NEWS
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.
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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.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 30, 2013
R.L. Stevenson Elementary made Burbank history this week: scoring above 900 on the Academic Performance Index, making it one of the California's top schools. While Burbank schools have continually met the state's goal for scoring at least 800 on the standardized exam, Stevenson is the first school to have surpassed the 900-point threshold with a score of 905 - 14 points higher than what the school achieved in 2012. “We are now on cloud 905,” said Stevenson Principal Debbie Ginnetti to Tom Kissinger, the director for elementary education, after she heard the news Thursday.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | 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...
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By Justin Riner | January 17, 2009
An open letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding cutting five days from the school year to aid with the budget: For a few days now, news sources and my colleagues at the middle school where I teach have been discussing the pros and cons of Schwarzenegger’s proposal to take five days from our school year (“Officials discuss the use of IOUs,” Jan. 3). While this is not an ideal move, I understand that difficult decisions must be made in order to get our state’s finances where they should be. I know that reducing our school year would be a big help to get us in the black without having to cut supplemental programs such as arts and after-school one-on-one tutoring.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | 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.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | October 7, 2006
BURBANK ? English- language learners in the Burbank Unified School District exceeded the state's achievement objectives on the California English Language Development Test, district officials said. The results of the test were released in a report by the California Department of Education in early September, which reports that the district's English learners met the test's three annual achievement objectives ? achieving annual progress in learning English, attaining English proficiency and meeting state federal adequate yearly progress requirements.
FEATURES
By Diana Abasta and Kim Allender | May 6, 2006
In the timeless Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of self delusion, "The Emperor's New Clothes," a young child, too naive to understand group pressure, speaks the obvious truth that others refuse to acknowledge. The story is often used as a metaphor for situations in which the overwhelming majority willingly share a collective ignorance of an obvious fact, despite individually recognizing the absurdity of the shared falsehood. We believe such is the case with the path of education reform over the past several decades.
FEATURES
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."
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.
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