November 02, 2010 Filed in: School Rankings
Column: Carol Veravanich, The Orange County Register Q. My children go to school in the district in which I live, and it is great. I teach in a different district and we were told we are moving close to becoming a Program Improvement district. Do you think your readers need to hear about how many districts and schools are now getting into this category?
September 03, 2008 Filed in: Public Education
Column: Nicholas Wishek, The Orange County Register Confidence in public education erodes over decades of teaching - I don't see things getting better. Also, I know I will be asked to do things that make no logical sense. Things that don't help. Things that the ivory-tower types in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., would know were pretty useless, if they had actually ever taught in schools similar to mine. Fact. Despite all the hype about the successes of the No Child Left Behind program, I do not see any real growth in the academic performances of my students. Yes, our test scores have gone up, but, as Mark Twain wrote, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics"…
September 13, 2010 Filed in: School Rankings
Fermin Leal, The Orange County Register Only 34 percent of Orange County's public schools met the 2010 federal No Child Left Behind testing targets – a marked decline from 2009 when standards were lower, according to figures released Monday. The results show that even though local schools are posting steadily better results on state tests each year, the improvement isn't fast enough to meet federal goals. … In Capistrano Unified, nearly all of the district's 60 campuses earned an API score of 800 or higher this year, but fewer than half made adequate yearly progress. "These results speak to the often contradictory standards schools and school districts are forced to meet," said Superintendent Joseph Farley. The superintendent said whether or not educators agree with the federal accountability system, it's their responsibility to work to meet the tougher standards…