Burbank, Franklin Make Gains on Standardized Test

Improved CST scores at Burbank and Franklin are on par with the overall gains within LAUSD.

Results of the California Standards Test released by the Department of Education on Friday show students at both and are making gains.

Students at Burbank, which saw an 80-percent staff turnover in the 2011/2012 school year due to district-mandated restructuring brought on by years of flagging student achievement on standardized tests, showed gains almost across the board.

In English-Language Arts, 50-percent of students in the eighth grade scored in the advanced or proficient range in 2012, compared to 38-percent in 2011. Scores were up from 38-percent to 58-percent in the seventh grade and 55-percent to 60-percent in the sixth grade.

In Math, 44-percent of seventh grade students scored advanced or proficient in 2012, compared to 35-percent in 2011. Scores were down for sixth graders though, dropping from 72-percent to 68-percent.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Burbank showed the greatest academic gains of the four LAUSD schools that underwent academic reconstitution in 2012, but also pointed out that Burbank had also seen gains in the previous two years.

From the Times:

... after one year, the trend is upward, with each school improving in English and math. Burbank Middle School in Highland Park is the apparent star of the group, with one-year gains of 14 percentage points in English and 11 percentage points in math.

That doesn’t, however, settle the controversy. Burbank also has the best three-year track record of improvement and two of those three years were with the prior staff—80% of whom are gone.

It was a year of growth for Franklin, as well. In English-Language Arts, scores were up dramatically in grades 9 through 11, from 35-percent to 46-percent in ninth, 40-percent to 45-percent in 10th and 39-percent to 56-percent in 11th.

Overall, Burbank's and Franklin's scores were on par with their LAUSD peers, who scored 51-percent and 45-percent advanced or proficient in English-Language Arts and Math, respectively.

nonoise September 02, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Clueless? Look at the numbers. They speak for themselves. Hurray, that the numbers went from 35 to 46%? That means the other 50% are below proficient. Get it? Numbers do not lie. The number went from an F- grade to an F grade. Still below 60% to get a D grade. Are you glad the school is still failing? The clueless person is the one who doesn't understand what the numbers mean. The school still has a F grade. School choice is the only answer to failing schools.
nonoise September 02, 2012 at 05:56 PM
No wonder so many parents lie about their kids address to get into Eagle Rock High School.
nonoise September 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Talk about hate. Seems like the hateful ones are the ones that want to force their agenda (catholic church) down your throat.
nonoise September 02, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Are you saying low income students are stupid? I have more faith in students than you do. There are free libraries. There is Title I with free tutoring. There is free education and free pre-school due to the increase in the cigarette tax. There have been huge successes in schools with low income students when good teachers were put into those schools. And, you need to get your facts straight. I lived in my home BEFORE Father Marco Oritz and Divine Saviour Catholic Church put up their noisy amplified sound system. If you want I can call your home 6 times a day so you can hear that off key noise. How would you like it? That would includes times you are in the shower, want to watch television or sleep. Or, I can come to your home and blast it inside your home. How would you like it? Or, put a tape recorded message that you do not agree with. How would you like it? Noise is noise. No one person or organization is "above the law".
nonoise September 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I guess Sonia deleted her post.


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