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Sierra Madre Elementary Tests at Top of District in California Standards Test

The school was at the top of both English Language Arts and Math testing in the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting program results, which were released by the state Friday.

Students in the Pasadena Unified School District made gains in their English and Language Arts skill levels, and matched their 2011 performance in math, according to California Standards Tests results released Friday

They were amongst approximately 4.7 million students who participated in the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting program, according to the California Department of Education.

For the Pasadena Unified School District as a whole, 52.2 percent of students scored proficient or advanced at the English and Language Arts section of the test, up from 50.7 percent in 2011.

On the math section, 46 percent of students scored proficient or advanced, the exact same percentage as in 2011.

performed extremely well compared to the district as a whole, scoring as one of the top two schools in English, with  80.1 percent scoring proficient or advanced, and one of the top two in Math, with an 84.3 percent rating.  

Nearby Don Benito was the other school in the distrcit to reach an 84 percent proficient or advanced rate.

For more detailed results, check out the state Department of Education website.

Louis Educe August 31, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Congratulations to ALL the students, teachers, and staff! Very proud of the kids efforts throughout the year as well as on the CST or CMA or CAPA exams. Keep up the good work.
Mary Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Just received the GATE identification letter AND the CST scores on the same day. For a year, as we said, a segregated setting would negatively impact our son's education. Gifted students who are twice exceptional can make significant drops when in the wrong educational setting. He'll be back where he can make academic progress.
Louis Educe September 01, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Mary - you always try and make it all about you... OK here... you said: "Gifted students who are twice exceptional can make significant drops when in the wrong educational setting. He'll be back where he can make academic progress." SO - since testing starts in 2nd grade you have no prior year data to compare... your son was only in a regular classroom for up to 26 days and then was pulled by you to home school... You have shared that his CST results for that year were Advanced... you had him placed last year back onsite in a segregated room.... His scored dropped... By your own logic the place where he can best make academic progress is in the homeschool setting... Ok - I agree with your assessment of the situation
Tony Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 10:59 PM
we have data back to 2006. what are you talking about?
Mary Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Lou: No, it's not always about me, but My opinion, like others who comment on the Patch is based on what I know. I have direct knowledge of situations and I can comment on inconsistencies- it's my right, and it does not violate anyone else's civil rights. The math scores for the district are nothing to brag about. Painting it all nice and pretty does not encourage implementing change for progress. And since the district is in PI for special ed, you'd think those scores would be indicated. I was able to figure out by looking at what is available that there were a significant number of special ed students that did not take the CST this year as compared to last year. Manipulating the data to show progress rather than making foundational changes.......maybe.
Mary Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Re: your comment Lou "By your own logic the place where he can best make academic progress is in the homeschool setting... Ok - I agree with your assessment of the situation" But you know that LRE is not the home setting, right? How fair is it for the school to collect advanced CST scores while a child is staying at home, not receiving services?
Louis Educe September 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Tony you have CST data on your son since 2003, Really? Mary was talking about CST scores. Your son didn't even take it until end of 2nd grade in 2010. If you want to include other testing data - OK - but that was not what Mary was talking about.
Louis Educe September 01, 2012 at 11:25 PM
So - did you get your son's scores or not? if so my point stands based on your own logic, if not then your just blowing smoke and making things up to try and show why last year's placement was wrong.
Louis Educe September 01, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Has anyone else gotten their child's scores yet? I haven't seen my child's. Yes, there is some broad general statements which can be made from the CST data released by the state - but individual child placement is not one of them.
Louis Educe September 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM
"you know that LRE is not the home setting, right?" it is if that is all he could handle - the district could have provided PT and other services via an in home provider.
Tony Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM
really lou, you going to play it that petty? you said testing started in second grade. i said we started keeping data in 2006. are you confused? you mea to tell me that you, a teacher, didn't start assessing your children's learning until they were eight years old?
Mary Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Individual scores are available through Aeries.
Tony Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
we have had the scores for days.
Mary Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Not available at the state site, nor through Aeries is data indicating how a subgroup, such as Special ed did at a particular school- which is information I'm looking for. The school level plan needs to target interventions for those identified subgroups- hopefully they won't "overlook" special ed.
Mary Brandenburg September 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
LRE is the placement where ALL necessary supports and services are provided. LRE cannot be interfered with by bullies targeting and triggering a child, nor by outside pressures influencing LRE.
Vinny BarbarinoVinnybarbarino September 02, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Louie BLAH BLAH BLAH !!! The wind earful story here is that the brandenburgs boy is gate and your donut eating son isn't !!!! LOL Also I see your confused once again and I'm glad it's not about your identity this time RUPAUL !!!!!
Vinny BarbarinoVinnybarbarino September 02, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I meant wonderful not wind earful !!!! The only wind here is Louie's flatulations coming out of her mouth
Vinny BarbarinoVinnybarbarino September 02, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Hey Louie where r u ??? Oh wait your at a meeting in the park I can see the flames all the way from Los Angeles !!!!

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