90% of LBUSD students in Class of 2010 pass exit exam

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

Ten percent of students in the Class of 2010 have not passed the high school exit exam in the Long Beach Unified School District.
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Frank the plumber

Long Beach, CA

#1 Aug 24, 2010
I guess reading, writing and math at the eighth grade level deserves a High School dip.
Croak

Escalon, CA

#2 Aug 24, 2010
Yeh, if 10 percent of the Grade 12 class can't function at a Grade 8 level, that's pretty sad.
Frank the plumber

Long Beach, CA

#3 Aug 24, 2010
Eighth grade curiculum is amost as difficult the was the fifth grade level in this country about 50 years ago. The elementary school primer from 1940 had more complex math and reading assignments then the exit exam today.

Dumbing down of American began in the 1970's in earnest, and the doctrine of multi-culturalism being a good thing was a political concept to deconstruct the framework of America.

It is all working according very well to their plan apparently, for a reference see recent un-employment numbers.
OldGuysRule

Long Beach, CA

#4 Aug 24, 2010
TEACHERS ARE OVERPAID - LBUSD TEACHERS ARE ABOUT THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION:

Not only are LBUSD teachers higher paid than the state average, but the California average is higher than anywhere in the nation -- and the cost of living here, although high, is not the highest. Adding fuel to an already growing fire, teachers and their Union TALB expect the LBUSD to maintain pay levels, cut staff and add days off (furloughs) in light of the fact that revenues are declining, due to declining tax suport, and eduction costs are increasing due to the expensive defined benefit pesion fund and medical costs (employee compensation).

What really keeps this fire burning is that since the economy has shrunk, as unemployment grows and real estate values decline, LBUSD teachers actually make more than about 70% of other workers in the Los Angeles County area, not counting the fact that they get three months off compared to most who get three weeks.

In some part due to a decline in wages in the private sector as companies layoff higher paid workers, reduce pay through bankrupcies and have the Pension Benefit Gurranty Corporate take over their under-funded pensions. While private sector wages have declined during the worst economic disater in history (since the depression), School unions (like TLAB for LBUSD), Police unions and Fire unions threaten to bankrupt our government run entites and bring our nation to its knees, eliminating the possibility of anyone realizing the American Dream.

POINT#1) LBUSD teachers make more than the average California teacher.
$71,734 is the average LBUSD teacher salary 2009
2.4% over prior year
http://www.sacbee.com/2008/07/16/995141/see-h...
$66,995 is the average California teacher salary 09
1.8% over prior year
http://www.sacbee.com/2008/07/16/995141/see-h...

POINT #2) California teachers get paid more than any other teachers in the nation.
http://www.nea.org/home/29402.htm

POINT #3) Cost of Living is randked #5 in the Los Angeles/Riverside/Orange County areas according to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Areas reporting higher are New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Seattle.
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf

POINT #4) Teachers pay is in the top 32% in Los Angeles County. This is without factoring in that they have three months off compared to workers who receive only a few weeks vacation.
http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/...

POINT #5) California spending per pupil is on average with the nation.
http://www2.census.gov/govs/school/07f33pub.p...

POINT #6) Teachers Pension is Fund 23% underfunded and therefore the expectation is that we will have to increase costs by 14% for 30 years to support it.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE60S0CP2...

POINT #7) The State of California tax revenues have declined and education spending has been cut.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/education/0...

POINT #8) LBUSD Teachers pay nothing for medical benefits when teachers in the rest of the state pay 9%.
http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_15034149...

POINT #9) LBUSD class size is relatively consistant with the state average but I find it interesting regarding demographics, LBUSD employs teachers who are 63% white, compared to LA county which is 52% white. In addition, the students that LBUSD serves are 52% Hispanic and 16% white.
http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/Navigation/fsTwo...
LBUSD Propaganda

Los Alamitos, CA

#5 Aug 24, 2010
The Press Telegram and/or LBUSD is attempting to skew the actual CAHSEE results! Data directly from the California Department of Education showing the combined administration of all tests gives a more accurate picture, but is not quite so rosy.

California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Results
for Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA)
by Program (Combined 2010) for (Grade 10)
Long Beach Unified

Districtwide Passing Math = 79%
Districtwide Passing English = 81%

Avalon (K-12)- Passing Math = 98%; Passing English = 96%
Cabrillo High - Passing Math = 69%; Passing English = 69%
Jordan High - Passing Math = 66%; Passing English = 65%
Lakewood High - Passing Math = 89%; Passing English = 90%
Millikan High - Passing Math = 78%; Passing English = 83%
Poly High - Passing Math = 84%; Passing English = 86%
Renaissance High - Passing Math = 90%; Passing English = 96%
Wilson High - Passing Math = 85%; Passing English = 85%

http://cahsee.cde.ca.gov/ExitProg3.asp...
Dennis

Long Beach, CA

#6 Aug 24, 2010
I'm an upcoming senior at Poly High School, and don't understand why 100% of my peers don't pass both test. I myself passed it in 10th grade when it was first given to me. The material is middle school level and don't know why we're being tested on low grade material to graduate at a higher level...
Watch Them

Long Beach, CA

#7 Aug 25, 2010
The test is too easy! Half of LBUSD grads going to LBCC need remedial on English and Math!
Sad Commentary

Los Alamitos, CA

#8 Aug 25, 2010
California State University freshman from Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) high schools lack basic skill proficiency and must take remedial Math and English at taxpayer expense. It makes no sense that the CSU even admits students who are not proficient in basic skills. Political correctness run amuck!

CSU Freshman Admits, Fall 2009 (LBUSD high schools):

Cabrillo --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 56%; English: 87%)
Jordan --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 80%; English: 84%)
Lakewood --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 17%; English: 54%)
Millikan --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 38%; English: 47%)
Poly --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 34%; English: 53%)
Renaissance --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 82%; English: 64%)
Wilson --(Not Proficient in Mathematics: 39%; English: 41%)

http://www.asd.calstate.edu/performance/elm-e...
Ron Lassiter

United States

#9 Aug 25, 2010
Can you imagine how simple and laughably easy the exam must be to achieve a 90% rating??????

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