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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
A Sunday Los Angeles Times article has sparked debate across California about whether teachers should be evaluated based on their students' test scores. The article collected data over a seven-year span and analyzed more than 6,000 elementary school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The findings showed a vast difference between how well teachers' students scored. All of the information has been at the disposal of Los Angeles Unified but mostly ignored by the district, according to the report.
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By Megan O’Neil | August 20, 2009
La Cañada Unified School District students have once again proven themselves to be among the top performers in the state, earning some of the strongest scores on this year’s Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) exams. The STAR Program exams, known as California Standards Tests, are administered in May to the state’s public school students grades two through 11. They are intended to track students’ progress, and to hold schools accountable for student achievement.
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November 3, 2005
I was so pleased to read thorough and responsible reporting recently on the LCUSD/SPAC/FIS/District Office situation. Through the public debate we have learned: New construction isn't always less expensive than renovation. In fact, because of building codes, it's quite possible that building a parking structure and school district office in the parking lot at LCHS would have been more expensive than renovating FIS. We also learned that the FIS remodel is not 90% over budget.
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By Cindy Wilcox | May 4, 2011
To those who have written letters to the Valley Sun and contacted school board members — thank you for reaching out with your suggestions. Certainly, we agree that property values are dependent on great schools. The question is, how do we maintain a top-tier program, given declining enrollment and substantial reductions in state funding? The current school board position is that we need additional funding and more students, and the point of this column is to better explain our position.
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By Mary O'Keefe | December 1, 2005
Mountain Avenue Elementary celebrated being recognized as one of the top 10 percent of schools in the nation through the Blue Ribbon Schools award. School officials and administrators celebrated last week when representatives from the offices of Congressman David Dreier and Senator Jack Scott joined local dignitaries, including La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino and La Cañada city council member Dave Spence, as well as Glendale Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Alice Petrossian, Superintendent Michael Escalante, Crescenta Valley Town Council members, PTA council president and former Mountain Avenue parent Patty Scripter, and school board president Mary Boger, and members Pam Ellis and Joylene Wagner.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
The new Common Core State Standards and computerized state exams that students will begin taking in upcoming weeks were up for discussion Tuesday night at the La Cañada home of Glendale Council PTA President Sandy Russell, where State Supt. Tom Torlakson fielded questions from about 10 local parents. La Cañada, Glendale and Burbank school districts are currently in the process of implementing the new standards that promote critical thinking, in-depth problem solving and calls on students to read more nonfiction texts.
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January 6, 2005
by Mary O'Keefe Local school officials reacted to the news that the California public schools system lags behind most of the nation on almost every measurement of student achievement, funding, teacher qualifications, and school facilities, according the RAND Corporation analysis released Monday, January 3. The report covers public education from kindergarten to 12 grade. Researchers found that although California students made gains on national achievement tests in math and reading they had low tests scores on national standardized tests.
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By Jodie Liu Special to the Valley Sun | October 18, 2007
Thirteen seniors this year at La Cañada High School have been announced as National Merit Scholar semifinalists. Out of the more than 1.4 million high school students who took the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) last October, approximately 16,000 students across the nation were notified this past September of the semifinalist distinction. They were chosen based upon their Selection Index scores, or combined scores from the critical reading, mathematics and writing skills portions of the test.
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By Mary O'Keefe | October 6, 2005
If state denies request to keep currently used program in place, it's estimated a change would cost the local school district more than a half million dollars in new textbooks and teacher training. The Glendale Unified School District school board learned at its Sept. 20 meeting that the district's waiver allowing GUSD to continue with the Every Day Math program has received a recommendation of denial. A final vote by the state school board is scheduled for early November.
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 20, 2007
The La Cañada Educational Foundation has chosen to honor Char Adams with this year?s Spirit of Outstanding Service Award. ?Each year the foundation chooses a recipient that has shown outstanding community and school support,? said Andy Dick, one of the vice presidents of the foundation. Adams has a 20 year history of community and school volunteerism in La Cañada. She is credited with instituting the ?Under the Oaks? evening at La Cañada High School 7/8 and for revitalizing the 7/8 Spring Home Tour.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
The new Common Core State Standards and computerized state exams that students will begin taking in upcoming weeks were up for discussion Tuesday night at the La Cañada home of Glendale Council PTA President Sandy Russell, where State Supt. Tom Torlakson fielded questions from about 10 local parents. La Cañada, Glendale and Burbank school districts are currently in the process of implementing the new standards that promote critical thinking, in-depth problem solving and calls on students to read more nonfiction texts.
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By Sara Cardine | August 14, 2013
La Cañada Unified students are largely demonstrating proficiency in all subjects, with a few minor declines in certain areas and among individual grade levels, according to results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments released last week by the California Department of Education. The tests break down student performance across 31 subjects and/or grade levels, ranking them in five proficiency levels from far below basic to advanced. The statewide standard is for all students to reach proficient or advanced levels.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 18, 2011
Flashpoint issues including high school math scores, teacher collaboration days and declining enrollment dominated a La Cañada Unified School Board candidates' forum, the first in a charged election season that has largely unfolded on social networking sites and in the editorial pages of local newspapers. The four candidates - incumbent Jeanne Broberg and challengers Ernest Koeppen, Ellen Multari and Andrew “AJ” Blumenfeld - drew about 250 people to the La Cañada High School auditorium Monday night, more than twice the attendance of a 2009 forum that featured six people running for three seats.
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By Stephanie Ghiya, stephanie.ghiya@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
The test scores are in and the results look good: La Cañada Unified School District continues to hold second place among districts in the state, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education. With a Growth Academic Performance Index score of 942 for the 2010-11 school year - a boost of nine points over the previous year - the La Cañada district finds itself just 13 points behind the state's No.1-ranked unified school district, San Marino, which was given a score of 955. LCUSD has held onto the No. 2 ranking behind San Marino since 2008, but has improved at a faster rate than San Marino during the last three years.
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By Cindy Wilcox | May 4, 2011
To those who have written letters to the Valley Sun and contacted school board members — thank you for reaching out with your suggestions. Certainly, we agree that property values are dependent on great schools. The question is, how do we maintain a top-tier program, given declining enrollment and substantial reductions in state funding? The current school board position is that we need additional funding and more students, and the point of this column is to better explain our position.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
La Cañada Unified School District ranked the second-highest-performing school district in California for the second year in a row, according to the state Academic Performance Index results released Sept. 13. This year, LCUSD scored 933 points out of a possible 1,000, an eight-point improvement over 2009. Every district school in La Cañada has outperformed California's target mark of 800 points, placing above 900 for two years straight. "We are very proud of this achievement and ascribe it to the hard work of our students, the thorough preparation by our teachers and the motivating support of our parents," Supt.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
A Sunday Los Angeles Times article has sparked debate across California about whether teachers should be evaluated based on their students' test scores. The article collected data over a seven-year span and analyzed more than 6,000 elementary school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The findings showed a vast difference between how well teachers' students scored. All of the information has been at the disposal of Los Angeles Unified but mostly ignored by the district, according to the report.
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By Megan O’Neil | August 20, 2009
La Cañada Unified School District students have once again proven themselves to be among the top performers in the state, earning some of the strongest scores on this year’s Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) exams. The STAR Program exams, known as California Standards Tests, are administered in May to the state’s public school students grades two through 11. They are intended to track students’ progress, and to hold schools accountable for student achievement.
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 11, 2008
The California Department of Education recently released the 2007-2008 Academic Performance Index report for the state?s public schools. ?We are very pleased with our scores,? said Lindi Dreibelbis-Arthur, the district?s director of assessment. ?The district improved by three points. This is growth that we want to see.? The results reflect the Academic Performance Index report, based on statewide assessment results from STAR Program and the California High School Exit Examination.
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By Jodie Liu Special to the Valley Sun | October 18, 2007
Thirteen seniors this year at La Cañada High School have been announced as National Merit Scholar semifinalists. Out of the more than 1.4 million high school students who took the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) last October, approximately 16,000 students across the nation were notified this past September of the semifinalist distinction. They were chosen based upon their Selection Index scores, or combined scores from the critical reading, mathematics and writing skills portions of the test.
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