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2008-09-04 21:00:31

By Kimberly S Wetzel Some East Bay schools and school districts met state and federal achievement standards in 2008, while others stumbled, according to accountability data released today by the state Department of Education. Several school districts, including Liberty Union High, San Ramon and Oakland, increased their overall academic performance index score -- a number from 200 to 1,000 that measures student achievement -- over 2007. But other districts, including Antioch and Oakley...

2008-09-04 12:00:26

By Neil Gonzales Nearly one in four of the state's approximate 6 million students drop out of school, according to the most accurate-ever analysis of dropout data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. The four-year derived dropout rate, based on the 2006-07 school year, is an estimated 24.2 percent. More than 67 percent of the state's public school eligible students graduated and 8 percent of students -- such as those who seek high-school equivalency diplomas - - are...

2008-09-04 12:00:25

By Dana Hull They call it the "summer slide." As June slips into July and then into the dog days of August, many of the math skills, history lessons and new vocabulary words that students acquired during the school year slip without the routine of daily classes. Except for high-achievers such as Sheri Jean: The 14-year-old is cramming a year's worth of algebra into six summer weeks so she can launch straight into geometry her freshman year at Leland High School in San Jose. So instead of...

2008-08-30 21:00:19

By Peter Simon Girls are graduating from high school in New York State at a much higher rate than boys, and educators are increasingly concerned that many young men will be left without a high school diploma or the ability to earn a living. Statewide, 73.4 percent of girls graduated in 2007 after four years of high school, compared with just 63.9 percent of the boys. The gender disparity cuts across racial and ethnic lines, but it is even more pronounced among blacks and Hispanics....

2008-08-30 09:00:54

By Neil Gonzales Reginald Brown harbored a bad attitude toward school and teachers -- even distrust. "I wasn't paying attention in class and doing my homework," he said. "I thought, 'What is this going to do for me?' I felt (teachers) were out to fail me." His home situation didn't help. His parents divorced and were mostly absent from his life, leaving his grandparents to raise him. The result? "I was struggling for a while in school," Reginald said. But things started to turn around...

2008-08-29 12:01:09

By Neil Gonzales San Mateo County high schools continue to show high graduation rates but not as impressive as in years past. Using a new system for tracking students, a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Education revealed that local high schools produced a graduation rate of 87.1 percent, based on the 2006-07 academic year. In previous years, less-accurate methods overestimated graduation rates statewide. Still, the county's rate is higher than the state's 79.5...

2008-08-27 21:00:35

By ISOLDE RAFTERY Seven years after President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law, the academic gap among students of different races and incomes persists. The law demanded that school districts test their students every year and that those scores be made public. Clark County is no exception to the achievement gap trend, evidenced by the state test scores released Tuesday. "For all districts, the achievement gap is one of our biggest challenges," said Susan Enfield,...

2008-08-26 12:01:18

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Leah Harris of Pennsylvania Department of Education, +1- 717-783-9802 PA Students Taking Test Slightly Improve Scores in All Areas HARRISBURG,Pa.,Aug. 26/PRNewswire-USNewswire/--Secretary of Education Gerald L. Zahorchak said today that although Pennsylvanias student performance on the 2008 SAT exam slightly increased in all tested areas, there is more to do to keep high school students engaged and challenged through more rigorous curriculum and clear...

2008-08-20 09:01:16

By Wendy Leung The unveiling of state testing results Thursday showed area students maintained or improved their academic proficiencies, allowing many schools to begin the semester on a positive note. Results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program - which measured almost 5million California students on grades 2 through 11 in English language arts, math, science and social science - also showed statewide gains. "It's a clear signal, by any definition, that public education in...

2008-08-19 00:00:27

By George B. Sanchez Despite ongoing efforts to boost test scores and achievement, Los Angeles Unified students showed only slight gains in state results released Thursday and continued to lag below statewide averages. And more than two-thirds of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Latino and African-American students fell even further short in math and English standards, triggering renewed calls to end the "achievement gap" facing minority students. The LAUSD's Latinos and...


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