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By Patrice Apodaca | August 16, 2013
The Newport-Mesa school district recently reported that its most recent standardized test scores declined slightly from a year earlier, the first drop in a decade. The results mirrored similar declines statewide, a development that led to a spasm of front-page stories and excuse-making by worried educators. Blame was laid on budget cuts and on the supposedly temporary confusion and uncertainty as public schools throughout California transition to new teaching standards. Newport-Mesa Supt.
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By Maryam Pourmohsen | December 26, 2011
The ongoing SAT cheating scandal, where 20 former high school students from a wealthy Long Island community allegedly accepted money to impersonate current high school students for the purposes of taking the test for them, has cast a bright spotlight on the enormous pressure high school students feel to gain admission to the top colleges and universities. As an educator who works closely with high school-age students on a daily basis, this is a matter to which I have paid close attention.
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By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA — The school board on Tuesday plans to recognize the schools with the most-improved test scores. Back Bay High, Early College High, Sonora Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Costa Mesa Middle/High schools will be honored for achieving the largest increase on the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) statewide tests. API scores, which range from 200 to 1,000, measure academic performance levels and growth for individual schools and for districts. Scores are based on the results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
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By Britney Barnes | September 4, 2012
The number of Newport-Mesa Unified School District students scoring proficient or advanced on state standardized tests steadily increased again this year, according to state data. Results of the 2012 California Standards Tests show the percentage of students with an adequate or superior grasp of the curriculum increased from the previous year in all subjects: English-language arts, math, history and science, according to the state Department of Education. The standardized tests gauge how well students comprehend the state content standards by grade level.
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By Daniel Tedford | April 23, 2008
Newport-Mesa Unified students learning English as a second language are improving, standardized test scores released Wednesday show. The school district had a 4% increase in students who tested at “advanced” or “early advanced” levels — a total of 38% of students who took the test, according to test results. The increase matches the state’s increase shown in the results released by the California Department of Education. Students statewide came in just behind Newport-Mesa with 36% of its students testing in the two highest categories.
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By Michael Miller | August 31, 2006
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District surpassed the state average this year on the Academic Performance Index, posting a higher overall mark even as some schools slipped. The district also bested the state on the federal Adequate Yearly Progress report, which was released Thursday along with the state marks. School district officials expressed concern, however, as three schools — Pomona Elementary, Wilson Elementary and TeWinkle Middle School — may be forced to adjust their programs after failing to meet federal standards for five years in a row. All three schools are identified as schools with low-income populations and flagging test scores.
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October 6, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- Motivation is the key factor in the fluctuation of high school student test scores, principals said Thursday. While the majority of elementary schools, with 20-to-1 teacher-to-student ratios, showed marked improvement on the statewide Academic Performance Index (API) scores this year, Newport-Mesa high schools were divided, with two improving and two plummeting. Corona del Mar and Estancia high schools improved their scores by 28 and 23 points, respectively, but Costa Mesa and Newport Harbor high schools scores dropped by 21 and 14 points.
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September 4, 1999
Jessica Garrison COSTA MESA -- Whittier Elementary School will get hundreds of thousands of additional state dollars to raise test scores over the next two years. But if scores do not go up, the school faces a state takeover. Whittier, which posted substantial gains on its Stanford-9 test scores this year but still lags far below national averages, is one of 430 schools in the state -- and five in Orange County -- to be accepted into a new state intervention program this week.
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By: Michael Miller | August 16, 2005
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District showed gains in most of its standardized test scores this year, with English and mathematics scores rising even as high school science scores took a distinct drop. District administrators hailed the scores as a sign of progress, noting that schools showed growth in English and math at every grade level and that some schools more than doubled their percentages of proficient and advanced scores from a year ago. "The magic of it all, the secret, is hard work -- making sure standards are taught at every grade level," said Supt.
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By Patrice Apodaca | December 6, 2013
I've written a few columns about bullying, and the topic never fails to elicit an impassioned response. For the most part, the feedback from parents, educators and others in the community reveals wide agreement that we all have a part to play in understanding the nature of bullying and in trying to reduce it. There are the occasional respondents who argue that the recent focus on bullying shows only that we've turned into a nation of wimps, and...
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By Hannah Fry | August 30, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified schools dropped an average of four points in the Academic Performance Index, the first decrease since 2003-04, according to state data released Thursday. The district's average score dropped to 838 on the 1,000-point scale this year. The state expects all schools to meet a score of 800, and those that fall short are required to meet annual growth targets outlined by the California Department of Education. API scores are based on Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
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By Patrice Apodaca | August 16, 2013
The Newport-Mesa school district recently reported that its most recent standardized test scores declined slightly from a year earlier, the first drop in a decade. The results mirrored similar declines statewide, a development that led to a spasm of front-page stories and excuse-making by worried educators. Blame was laid on budget cuts and on the supposedly temporary confusion and uncertainty as public schools throughout California transition to new teaching standards. Newport-Mesa Supt.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 8, 2013
For the first time in a decade, students in Newport-Mesa saw their scores decline, albeit slightly, on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments that measure proficiency in English-language arts and math and other subjects. In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, 67.8% of tested students scored at or above proficient in math, and 66.2% of tested students scored at or above proficient in English-language arts, according to data released Thursday. That's a drop of 0.4 and 0.6 percentage points, respectively, from last year.
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By Britney Barnes | September 4, 2012
The number of Newport-Mesa Unified School District students scoring proficient or advanced on state standardized tests steadily increased again this year, according to state data. Results of the 2012 California Standards Tests show the percentage of students with an adequate or superior grasp of the curriculum increased from the previous year in all subjects: English-language arts, math, history and science, according to the state Department of Education. The standardized tests gauge how well students comprehend the state content standards by grade level.
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By Britney Barnes | May 4, 2012
Newport Elementary School's principal stood in the hallway as the bell rang and students filed out of their classrooms to lunch. Principal Amy Nagy received hellos, waves and hugs - and some news they excitedly had to share. "I've done really good at writing," shouted a kindergartner. She congratulated him. Next was a sheepish first-grader, who showed Nagy his paper about bees. He walked away with a smile and the promise of a "super student" pencil as a writer's reward.
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By Britney Barnes | April 19, 2012
In an effort to pull up Paularino Elementary School's test scores, campus officials want to look at becoming the district's second magnet school. In her proposal to bring the K-6 Costa Mesa campus out of Program Improvement, Interim Principal Bonnie Swann said Paularino wants to become an arts magnet and already has several teachers who are strongly dedicated to the arts. "I think it's wonderful that they're the first school that got out of the box and came in with something different than [Response to Intervention]
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By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | January 4, 2012
About 10 Corona del Mar High School sophomores had test answers before an exam earlier this school year by buying test banks on Amazon.com, the school's principal said at Wednesday's PTA meeting. Test banks provide chapter-by-chapter questions for tests, which textbook publishers provide to ensure teachers craft exams that properly assess student learning, Principal Tim Bryan said. "If you have the test questions in advance, you're cheating," he said. "They altered the conditions of the test.
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By Maryam Pourmohsen | December 26, 2011
The ongoing SAT cheating scandal, where 20 former high school students from a wealthy Long Island community allegedly accepted money to impersonate current high school students for the purposes of taking the test for them, has cast a bright spotlight on the enormous pressure high school students feel to gain admission to the top colleges and universities. As an educator who works closely with high school-age students on a daily basis, this is a matter to which I have paid close attention.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA — The school board on Tuesday plans to recognize the schools with the most-improved test scores. Back Bay High, Early College High, Sonora Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Costa Mesa Middle/High schools will be honored for achieving the largest increase on the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) statewide tests. API scores, which range from 200 to 1,000, measure academic performance levels and growth for individual schools and for districts. Scores are based on the results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
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