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2008-09-26 21:00:25

By Melissa Pamer Dropout Report There were fewer public high school dropouts at most South Bay school districts than was recently reported by state education officials, according to revised data released this week. The statewide dropout rate fell to 21.5 percent from the 24.2 percent reported two months ago, state schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell said Thursday. "To see a reduction of about 3 percent is clearly a step in the right direction," O'Connell said. "But, that said, it's...

2008-09-26 03:00:29

By Neill, Monty With more pressing issues on its agenda and no consensus about how to proceed, Congress probably will delay until after this November's elections the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a framework of standards, tests, and consequences initiated by the 1994 authorization of the Elementary and secondary Education Act (ESEA). The outcome of those elections might create significant political shirts that would affect any new version of the widely criticized federal...

2008-09-22 08:15:00

By Gerald N. Tirozzi The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is delighted to have Strong American Schools as a partner in promoting a common agenda of closing the achievement gap and ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education. But its "blame and shame" message -- while easy to reduce to a headline -- ignores more complex realities and does little to advance that common agenda. Middle schools get unprepared students from elementary schools. High...

2008-09-20 15:00:39

By Anonymous To fathers of school-age children throughout the Midland Empire: There is still time to do the right thing. While some schools have started classes for the fall, or will do so this morning, others will begin the new school year later in the month. St. Joseph Public Schools are among those that will begin next Monday, Aug. 25. It doesn't matter either way. Whether the first day of classes still awaits or whether it recently has come and gone, there is still time for fathers...

2008-09-12 06:00:31

By editorial STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF Jack O'Connell called closing the educational achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers is "the civil rights challenge of our time." That sentiment echoes what Sen. John McCain said in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. They are both right. Much to O'Connell's credit, California is making some limited progress in closing the gap as measured by the state's high school exit exam. But much...

2008-09-10 06:00:24

By Kimberly S Wetzel; Linh Tat Faced with the possibility of not receiving a diploma, more sophomores are passing a state-mandated high school exit exam, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. Also statewide, 90.2 percent of students in the class of 2008 have passed the exit exam, which tests students in sophomore-level English and eighth-grade math. The overall percentage of students who have passed both sections of the exam, broken down by...

2008-09-08 18:00:31

By Doug Oakley BERKELEY -- Berkeley High School received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to boost learning of nonwhite students and develop new academic programs. "We want to figure out some more ways to personalize learning so kids have a connection with an adult, because it's clear kids who have this do better," said Principal Jim Slemp, who co-authored the grant with the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools. The grant is one of 54 handed out by the federal...

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...