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California's new K-12 test scores - claiming success in faliure?

By anonymous follow anonymous   2016 Aug 31, 4:32pm 2,779 views   15 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Starting in January, students at more than 11,000 public schools across California sat down for up to eight hours of testing. By the end of the school year nearly 3.2 million students in grades 3 through 8, and grade 11, had completed computerized exams in math and English. The purpose: To find out if California's kids are on track for college according to new learning standards known as the Common Core.

First, the bad news: Less than half of California students met the standards. In the end, most students failed to meet the standard expected for their grade. Just 48% of students met or surpassed English standards. An even lower 37% of students met or beat math standards.

But there's good news: The scores are higher than last year. The number of students passing the English exam increased by 4 percentage points. The number passing math increased by 3 percentage points.

California's largest school district trails the rest of the state. The new results show that L.A. Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, made gains over last year, but still lags well behind the statewide average. The district tested more than 265,000 students. Of those 39% met or surpassed English standards and 29% met or surpassed the math standard, jumps of four and six percentage points from last year, respectively.

The new results show that L.A. Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, made gains over last year, but still lags well behind the statewide average.

The district tested more than 265,000 students. Of those 39% met or surpassed English standards and 29% met or surpassed the math standard, jumps of four and six percentage points from last year, respectively.

More: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-edu-test-scores-2016/?q=irvine&p=1&c=name&o=asc

#education #LAUnified #CAKidsNotAsDumbAsLastYear #CommonCore

2   indigenous   ignore (0)   2016 Aug 31, 6:22pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The part that is my favorite is that the LA school district's budget is bigger than all the rest of the budget for LA...

3   Strategist   ignore (2)   2016 Aug 31, 7:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Ironman says

anonymous says

29% met or surpassed the math standard,

Marcus teaches in LA, right??

Right. Marcus gets an "F"

4   MMR   ignore (0)   2016 Aug 31, 8:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

But he's not short on bs excuses

5   RC2006   ignore (2)   2016 Aug 31, 8:44pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

29% for LA unified, are there that many white and Asian kids in that district?

6   Shaman   ignore (2)   2016 Aug 31, 8:59pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

MMR says

But he's not short on bs excuses

He just rides the short bus when it comes to making a cogent argument.

7   MMR   ignore (0)   2016 Aug 31, 9:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

rpanic01 says

29% for LA unified, are there that many white and Asian kids in that district

Obviously not, but spending the level of money being spent hasn't produced a good ROI.

8   missing   ignore (1)   2016 Aug 31, 9:23pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Can somebody give me advice how to deal with a bad math teacher in CA? He does not explain the students much. Tells them to study from the textbook (which is horrible - a bloated mess) or to ask each other for help. Whatever little he teaches them is sometimes plain wrong.

What will happen if I go and tell him that he is an idiot? Or should I go to the principal? Or there's no point?

9   Shaman   ignore (2)   2016 Aug 31, 10:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Try the
Principal.

10   indigenous   ignore (0)   2016 Aug 31, 10:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

In all fairness they do have a tone of ESL students and large classes. But they hang their hat on that too much.

It would be MUCH better to have charter schools.

11   Indiana Jones   ignore (0)   2016 Sep 1, 8:57am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

FP says

Can somebody give me advice how to deal with a bad math teacher in CA? He does not explain the students much. Tells them to study from the textbook (which is horrible - a bloated mess) or to ask each other for help. Whatever little he teaches them is sometimes plain wrong.

What will happen if I go and tell him that he is an idiot? Or should I go to the principal? Or there's no point?

Welcome to California schools! Consistently ranked in bottom 10 of nation. Not sure if you are public or private school. You will have more say about the teacher in a private school. If you are in a CA public school, basically you will have to put up with the teacher, especially if this math teacher has tenure. The best thing you can do is make a complaint to the principal and they will note it on the teacher's record, and eventually if enough people complain they MAY be able to take action against the teacher. Probably way after you are through with this class.

I suggest getting a private or group math tutor, some serious self-study or take risk of falling behind.

12   Strategist   ignore (2)   2016 Sep 1, 9:03am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Indiana Jones says

I suggest getting a private or group math tutor, some serious self-study or take risk of falling behind.

Parents have to take the initiative to do that. Many parents don't care enough.

13   anonymous   ignore (null)   2016 Sep 1, 9:07am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

yeah, where is marcus to defend his total leeching off of the california taxpayer?

PAGING DR. FAGGOT.... DR. FAGGOT...

14   missing   ignore (1)   2016 Sep 1, 10:29am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Indiana Jones says

Welcome to California schools! Consistently ranked in bottom 10 of nation. Not sure if you are public or private school.

Public. My older kid had an outstanding math teacher for a few years (the younger is still too young to matter). So maybe my expectations became unrealistically high. He is not the only bad math teacher in the school. I was listening yesterday to classmates making fun of their teachers.

I am not that eager to try to get the teacher into trouble. Rather wondering if there is a way to force him to do his job better right now, without affecting negatively my kid in the process.

Indiana Jones says

I suggest getting a private or group math tutor, some serious self-study or take risk of falling behind.

Clearly that's where we are heading. Fortunately I can do the tutoring myself. It's frustrating though that I have to do the teacher's job + preparing a whole curriculum is time consuming + trying to explain a teenager the correct way to do things often results in fights :)

15   missing   ignore (1)   2016 Sep 1, 10:37am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

BTW, one of the problems with the CA schools is the horrible textbooks. Too many pages, messy organization, too dumbed down. For algebra and geometry I found some good textbooks from the 50's and 60's that I plan to use for tutoring. For Physics and Chemistry I am now checking for translated Russian texts from the Soviet times; they are the best (at high school and early undergrad level).


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