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Lodi Unified School District improves STAR scores, but lags behind state

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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Lodi Unified School District students in the eighth and 12th grades who took geometry in 2008 made the biggest leap in the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting exams, according to results released Tuesday.

But it still wasn't enough to put the entire district closer to the state average.

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9 comments:

  • posted at 3:34 am on Wed, Aug 26, 2009.

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    Give up the fight guys. Take the money and help pay off the deficit. We can't make Ferraris out of Yugos.

     
  • posted at 8:42 am on Sat, Aug 22, 2009.

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    teach247365: Can you image how low the STAR test results would be if we included test results from students who drop out of high school? Our STAR test results are skewed Upward, as lower scoring students drop out.

     
  • posted at 8:09 am on Sat, Aug 22, 2009.

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    johnnysifey: Many high achieving students will negotiate with teachers to get "credit" for doing well on these test scores. I think it might be "illegal" according to the CDE testing rules?The CDE admits that many if not most school grades are inflated and that is one reason for the exams. If student grades were accurate, and standards based, like they claim, there would be NO reason for the exams. Student grades would be the academic indicator. An academic standard is an academic standard. Why are grades inflated and instructional activities "dummied" down? There is no state requirement to "teach to the test". Why don't teachers teach to the student instead?Johnnyswifey- You have stated what most students know. I have talked with third graders who have figured it out. "Bubble in" and your done. Why can't administrators figure it out?These test must be given after 85% of the school year. At that time, other more important (to students) activities are taking place.Most college bound twelfth graders have already received college acceptance letters by then. Why care?

     
  • posted at 7:46 am on Sat, Aug 22, 2009.

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    sorry "affect".

     
  • posted at 7:45 am on Sat, Aug 22, 2009.

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    johnnyswifey 10:34- YOU made an EXCELLENT point, but our administrators have never figured it out. The students have!Those students who are focused on preparing for their future have learned that if you have a choice of studying or school work, you select the goal which will benefit YOU the most. Do you study for a test that can increase your grade---which is permanent-FOREVER. Or do you study/prepare for a test that gives you NOTHING? During the test, students think. "I have so much to do, and this test gives me NOTHING for the effort! Lets bubble in the answers quickly, without even reading the questions. It does not effect me, only the pencil pushers in the school administration who don't really care about ME or MY goals. The more students who figure this out, the lower the test scores will go.Some students are preparing for college and only care about grades and tests that matter such as the PSAT SAT or ACT.Many student realize that you can't get a scholarship by doing well on these exams, so why try?

     
  • posted at 5:34 pm on Thu, Aug 20, 2009.

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    I went to Tokay High and took all that STAR testing stuff..and I knew that it didn't affect me or my grades in anyway so me and my friends would have a race to see who could fill in the bubbles quicker.. The students at tokay or LUSD in that matter are not dumb they just know that test doesn't affect them

     
  • posted at 4:02 pm on Wed, Aug 19, 2009.

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    mom of 2: The enVision Math series is an excellent program, IF a district has the appropriate technology to take advantage of all enVision offers. LUSD doesn't come close! It was a stupid choice by the district. enVision is a 21st Century classroom program, and LUSD is stuck in the 1980's, technologically speaking.

     
  • posted at 3:07 pm on Wed, Aug 19, 2009.

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    I agree with "teach247365" The math classes are too large, and there is no time to reteach when students do not master a skill. The new math series was a poor choice as well. It is unclear and hard for students to understand.

     
  • posted at 1:45 pm on Wed, Aug 19, 2009.

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    Dr. Douglass, perhaps if you didn't overcrowd the math classes so much (40+ students in a class), test scores would be better. Perhaps if students were allowed to take the math classes they sign up for instead of being told "it's too full" (take those students, along with the 10 extra in the existing classes, and then you have a manageable class size), the test scores would be better.

     
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