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New job. New town.

LPH

Well-known member
#1
After working with urban students for the past 15 years, I'm changing jobs. The new school is located in a suburb and has an API score 200 points above my current assignment.

old school => 600 API => 5% of students score proficient or advanced on state tests
new school => 800 API => 60-75% of students score proficient or advanced on state tests.

I was asked during the interview how I handled a student who didn't do their homework. I laughed and said, "If a student in my current school does homework then I get excited and give them a high five."

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API is a state ranking based on a total possible 1000 and built around test scores, high school exit exam pass rates, graduation rates, etc.

In a 'general manner' ... Proficient means the kid scored above 60% on a state test ;)
 

wedgar

Well-known member
#2
After working with urban students for the past 15 years, I'm changing jobs. The new school is located in a suburb and has an API score 200 points above my current assignment.

old school => 600 API => 5% of students score proficient or advanced on state tests
new school => 800 API => 60-75% of students score proficient or advanced on state tests.

I was asked during the interview how I handled a student who didn't do their homework. I laughed and said, "If a student in my current school does homework then I get excited and give them a high five."

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API is a state ranking based on a total possible 1000 and built around test scores, high school exit exam pass rates, graduation rates, etc.

In a 'general manner' ... Proficient means the kid scored above 60% on a state test ;)
Good luck with your new position!

Hope it is everything you wanted and more.
 

Goodfella

Well-known member
#5
Thank you. Signed most of the paperwork yesterday. Now I'm making lists and making lots of decisions.
About 9 months ago i relocated for work also. I relocated across the world and it was a great decision :) Hopefully all goes well with you!
 

LPH

Well-known member
#10
Oh okay. I was just wondering because the Superintendent from where I work is headed to Palmdale School District as Superintendent.
Maldonado, right? He was in the Palmdale district a few years before he became the Superintendent at McFarland. I really don't know him. I hope he's able to help the district.

Small world.
 

Will

Active member
#11
Maldonado, right? He was in the Palmdale district a few years before he became the Superintendent at McFarland. I really don't know him. I hope he's able to help the district.

Small world.
Yeah, that is him. I heard he was there for several years before coming to McFarland for a short time. He is a cool guy and loves to be out in the community. The McFarland community is obviously smaller than Palmdale but hopefully he can do the same.
 

LPH

Well-known member
#13
Yeah, that is him. I heard he was there for several years before coming to McFarland for a short time. He is a cool guy and loves to be out in the community. The McFarland community is obviously smaller than Palmdale but hopefully he can do the same.
I'm glad Palmdale is getting a personable superintendent. It's very important.
 

Moshe1010

Well-known member
#15
Most of my college professor said they couldn't handle high school, so they went to teach in a community college instead. Is it hard to get in a community college or you just don't want to?
 

LPH

Well-known member
#20
So, you're a teacher?
Yes. Over the years I've had the pleasure of teaching biology, honors biology, AP biology, chemistry, honors chemistry, AP chemistry, physics, AP physics, Integrated Coordinated Science Years I & II, earth science, AP environmental science, Project Lead the Way IED and POE ... plus a doctorate in "Educational Leadership" (which means I know - or should know - the jargon).

The American school system is strange...
Now that's an understatement ;)