Thursday, October 27, 2005

Education: Pay-to-play policy

A Fullerton School District program that asks parents to spend $1,458 for laptop computers has caused sticker shock and sparked a debate about technology in schools.


TALKING SHOP: Fullerton School District Superintendent Cameron McCune chats with third-grader Jungwoo Han, 8, about how he uses his laptop during class at Robert C. Fisler School. Every one in the class has an Apple laptop, part of a pilot program that the district wants to take districtwide.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

No more Math

Scores fall short

Fourth- and eighth-graders test below U.S. average on federal reading, math exam.

The Orange County Register

WASHINGTON California fourth- and eighth-graders scored well below the national average on reading and math tests administered by the federal Department of Education.

Nationally, results released Wednesday from the National Assessment of Education Progress, commonly called the "national report card," showed students improved in math. But scores were mixed when it came to reading.

How they did it

• 166,000 fourth-graders and 159,000 eighth-graders took the reading test.

• 172,000 fourth-graders and 162,000 eighth-graders took the math test.

• Students were randomly assigned to a test.

• They had 50 minutes to finish the test.

• The fourth-grade math test contained 10 sections with 14 to 20 questions about number properties and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability and algebra. The eighth grade had 10 sections with 16 to 21 questions in the same categories.

• The fourth-grade reading test had 10 sections with passages and comprehension questions divided into literary works like short stories and information pieces like magazine articles. The eighth-grade test has 13 sections and also tests students on comprehension of documents bus schedules, directions and forms.