Donor Supporters

Jessie Ong

Alhambra Source provides objective and important news reporting for our community.

Efren Moreno, Former Alhambra Mayor

Thank you Alhambra Source for truly informing the residents of Alhambra.

Jeff Maloney, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source has become an important source for news, public interest, and serious journalism in our community. Keep it up!

Sara Harris

As a career journalist and EJ advocate, I see community-based media like the Alhambra Source as crucial to democracy and equality.

Chris Olson

I support Alhambra Source as often as I can because I believe a free and independent press is vital to the democratic process. No other news outlet with high journalistic standards consistently covers the stories and issues that matter to our community.

Adele Andrade Stadler, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source is a great independent newspaper that celebrates the communities and is not afraid to ask the tough questions!

Cliff Bender, Vice President, Alhambra Education Foundation

I want to know what's going on in my community- News, events, and human interest stories. The Alhambra Source gives me the information I need.

Joyce & Oscar Amaro, Alhambra Preservation Group

We support Alhambra Source because this online news source is vitally important in engaging, informing and educating the residents of Alhambra.

Laura Vasquez

Alhambrans need to know the truth about our area!

Michael Lawrence, Alhambra Arts Commissioner

Keep bringing on the stories. The Source has given us so much and I am happy to donate to such an important part of our community.

Karsen Luthi

Thank you for creating Alhambra Source and providing timely reporting of important local news. Fight on!

Mr. Konnyaku

I support news reporting that is unbiased and informative. Really enjoy the excellent coverage on local city council and planning commission meetings.

Guadulesa Rivera

Alhambra Source unifies the community and keeps us involved.

Erwin Lee

Such a valuable source of what’s happening in city where we live. Objective reporting that informs us and allows us to come to our own conclusions.

Common Core test results are in; Alhambra Unified's scores show promise

Results for Common Core, a standardized test that helps determine college-readiness, were released for California on Wednesday. Mark Keppel High had the highest marks when compared to all schools—including high schools and grade-level schools—in the Alhambra Unified School District. At MKHS, 68 percent of test-takers "met or exceeded" expectations in math standards, while 77 percent satisfied the benchmarks in English. Most other AUSD schools hovered around the 50 percent mark for math, and 60 percent for English.
According to the LA Times, in California 44 percent of test-takers met their targets in math, while 34 percent achieved this in English. For Los Angeles Unified, the numbers are 33 percent and 25 percent, respectively. 
Gary Gonzales, assistant superintendent at the AUSD, said that he felt encouraged by the scores. He added that the State had indicated that a 30 percent passing rate on either subject should be expected; most Alhambra Unified schools passed those marks. "It shows that our teachers have really taken to the implementation of the curriculum," said Gonzalez. He said that the accomplishment is especially praise-worthy when considering that a quarter of the student population are English learners, and nearly three-quarters are at a socio-economic disadvantage. "We will get better," Gonzalez added. "But this is a very good baseline to work with."
The Common Core standards, which are supposed to give a picture of what students from K-12 should know, were developed by the National Governors Association in 2009. The aim was to set a detailed and standardized benchmark for students across the nation. Forty-two states have adopted the standards; this was the first year that California students have taken the test.
The standards have been met with controversy. Some parents claim that the test material is too complex and arcane, while some teachers are concerned that the standards will narrow the learning process. Test scores have reflected some of those fears, as they have been generally low across the nation. In New York, which had entered its third year of testing, scores have been met with little progress. The Washington Post also reports that 20 percent of students have opted out of testing this year. According to KPCC, California has agreed to not count these test scores against the schools this year, since teachers are still adapting to teaching the new standards, and students are learning to take the tests on computers—a change from the usual form-based test such as the SATs.
State-wide, the tests have revealed that the achievement gap is still persistent. While 72 percent of Asian test-takers passed benchmarks in English, only 32 percent of Latino students and 28 percent of African-American students have done the same. 
Curious about how your school fared? The LA Times has a listing of all the results in California. 

The Alhambra Source encourages comment on our stories. However, we do not vet comments for accuracy or endorse links to posts in the comment section. The thoughts and opinions expressed belong solely to the author of the comment.

Leave a Reply