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April 16, 2004
Here are some decisions coming out of Tuesday night's Newport-Mesa Unified School District meeting. 2003-2004 STATE TESTING UPDATE District officials received updates on test results from the 2003 Academic Performance Index Base and California High School Exit Exam. WHAT IT MEANS Each year, the state issues the Academic Performance Index Base, a score between 200 and 1,000 with a target of 800. It is based on a variety of standardized tests.
March 26, 2006
As always with numbers, there are many ways to interpret the latest round of Academic Performance Index scores, which measure how students are doing on standardized tests. It is easy to see troubles, but the results released earlier this week for the year 2005 suggest some good things are happening on Newport-Mesa Unified School District campuses. The easiest bit of positive news to digest is that 12 Newport-Mesa schools improved in comparison with other schools statewide. Those schools were California, Eastbluff, Killybrooke, Paularino, Pomona, Victoria, Wilson and Woodland elementary schools; Ensign Intermediate School; and three of the four high schools: Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa and Newport Harbor.
By Michael Miller | March 9, 2006
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has announced a sweeping renovation of its math programs for the coming school year, aiming to boost student performance in response to tough state and federal standards. Two years ago, the district formed a special math curriculum committee to improve secondary students' grades and level the achievement gap between Newport-Mesa's richer and poorer schools. This fall, the redesign will begin in earnest, as each secondary campus will adopt a "pacing plan" and operate off of the same basic curriculum.
By: | August 21, 2005
EDUCATION Local students post high marks on standardized tests For mid-August, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District had a busy week. On Monday, the state announced results for this year's standardized test scores and high school exit exam, and Newport-Mesa bested state averages on both. Seventy-six percent of the district's students passed the English and the math sections of the exit exam; the state average was 65% for English and 63% for math.
November 7, 2003
The Daily Pilot has fielded many headlines, articles, columns and commentaries in the last couple of weeks regarding Whittier, Wilson and Pomona elementary schools not making the federally mandated goals for English proficiency. Such commentaries suggest many targets for blame, including parents. Yet, it was only in the editorial, "Answers lie in the schools," that the reality in which these three schools perform at was stated: "compared to similar schools with similar demographics, they rise to the top."
October 11, 2002
Deirdre Newman Serene Stokes is proud of her successes as an incumbent trustee for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and has laid out some important goals she would like the board to accomplish in her next term. These include focusing on state standards, openly communicating with parents and keeping teachers' salaries competitive. Stokes racked up 33 years in public education, including 17 years as principal at various schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District.
By Michael Miller | January 21, 2007
WESTSIDE — More parents in the classroom. Fewer students in the classroom. Parent training, staff meetings, a new curriculum for English-learners, and protection for an unscheduled afternoon recess. Those were among the suggestions made Wednesday evening at Wilson Elementary School, which became the first school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District this year to hold a public hearing on how to boost its test scores. On a cold, dimly lighted street in one of Costa Mesa's poorest neighborhoods, more than 50 parents, teachers, school board members and administrators gathered in the multipurpose room to offer their personal takes on how to improve Wilson — and how not to improve it. The school must take corrective action this year or face federal sanctions, but some speakers argued that it was best to maintain the status quo. "I think we're getting the most bang for our buck with the system we currently have in place," said kindergarten teacher Jenny Dory.
By Michael Miller | May 18, 2006
The eyes of the Newport-Mesa education community were on Victoria Elementary School on Wednesday ? and KCAL-9 news, the Looney Tunes and a Hummer limousine came along for the ride. This year, the Costa Mesa campus won both California Distinguished School recognition and a Title I Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes high-performing schools with low-income populations. Victoria is the first school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to win both honors in the same year.
By By Michael Miller | November 29, 2005
Officials don't know who will succeed Supt. Barbot, but they have named the salary: $235,000.Most administrators in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District say that it will be hard to find a superintendent better than Robert Barbot. But one thing appears certain: Whoever takes the job next July will be a much richer man than Barbot was when he joined Newport-Mesa in 1998. The superintendent's starting salary, seven years ago, was $126,000 a year -- one of the lower paychecks for a California superintendent at the time, and barely half of what Barbot makes today.
May 10, 2004
Marisa O'Neil When Scott Packer worked as a college admissions officer, he expected to get calls from parents anxiously asking how to prepare their middle school-aged children to get into college. But the calls from parents with children still in elementary school were another matter. "You'd get off the phone with them and you'd have to laugh about it and cry about it," Packer said. "They feel like they have to throw their children into the middle of the panic so early."
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