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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Introduces School Quality Snapshot New Online Accountability Tool Provides Transparency for Parents and Public State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today unveiled California’s School Quality Snapshot, a new online accountability tool that puts school test scores, class size, fitness levels, and graduation rates for all 10,000 public schools statewide at the fingertips of parents and the public. “Until now, parents had to scan more than a dozen different Web pages to compile this much information about their child’s school. The School Quality Snapshot brings it all together in real time—in a colorful and concise format that’s easy to follow and understand,” Torlakson said. “It’s a significant step forward in transparency and accountability for parents and the public.” The two-page Snapshot provides a five-year overview of information about each school and its performance on key indicators, all accessible through the California Department of Education’s Web site, www.cde.ca.gov. CDE staff from the Analysis, Measurement and Account-

ability Reporting Division and the Technology Services Division collaborated to develop the Snapshot using existing state resources. Parents, teachers, administrators, and all members of the public will have access to the Snapshot for any school in the state. And the Snapshot provides stateand district-level data for comparison purposes. Information about a school’s performance on the Academic Performance Index is a focal point of the Snapshot and can be found at the center of Page 1. Continuing on Page 1, on the left-hand side, are five years’ worth of a school’s California Standards Test (CST) results at the proficient-andabove level for Englishlanguage arts, mathematics, and science. And on the top right, a pie chart visually summarizes a school’s enrollment by race/ethnicity. Underneath are diagrams showing subgroup enrollment and also average class size. On the second page are CST results for history/social

science, the percentage of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone from the Physical Fitness Test, the percentage of graduates meeting University of California “a-g” requirements, the cohort graduation rate, suspension and expulsions as a percentage of enrolled students, Average SAT scores, the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Englishlanguage arts grade ten passing rate, and the CAHSEE mathematics grade ten passing rate. The Snapshot will be formally released Thursday as part of the state’s annual report on school accountability. “No amount of information, no matter how it is compiled, tells the full story of what’s happening in our schools,” Torlakson said. “But one of our goals in developing our Blueprint for Great Schools was to give parents and the public more information about student learning and school success, and the School Quality Snapshot is a step in the right direction.”

League of Women Voters to Discuss Ballot Measures The League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley announced today that they will be conducting Pros and Cons, an overview of the Ballot Measures in the following venues. Azusa Public Library on Oct. 16th from 12:00PM to 1:30PM, Azusa Pacific University in the President’s Dining Room on October 16th at 4:30PM to 5:30PM. . Covina

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Public Library on October 17 at 6:00PM to 8:00PM. United Methodist Church in Glendora on October 18 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM and Citrus Community College on October 23rd at `1:00PM to 3:30PM. These events are free are open to the public. -The League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley is a non-partisan, nonprofit political organization

that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League may take political action on issues selected by the members on which a position has been reached through study and member agreement. For more information please call 626-9678055 or 626- 967-8829.

San Gabriel Mission High School is having their 19th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, November 5th at the San Gabriel Country Club. Everyone is welcome! Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. At 5:00 p.m. No-host cocktails (beer hosted) and at 6:00 p.m. the dinner will take place with awards/raffle. For reservations or more information, please contact our Development and Alumni Relations Office at (626) 282-3181, ext. 116.

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Jail Escapee and Wife Captured Continued from page 1

Sheriff’s officials say that 24-year-old robbery suspect Darnell Washington escaped from county jail on August 28 with the help of his wife, 25-year-old Tania Washington. On Sunday morning Sept 2, at the 7-Eleven on Peck Road in South El Monte, an L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy came across a white SUV that had been involved in a robbery a few days earlier, according to the department. The LASD deputy tried to make contact with the driver, later identified as escaped inmate Darnell Washington when the suspect allegedly attempted to kill the deputy. Darnell and Tania then carjacked a different vehicle near the 7-Eleven. And after driving it to South Gate, they allegedly carjacked yet another vehicle. According to a press release issued Wednesday by Cindi West of Kings County, Washington around 9:00 Wednesday a SeaTac Police Officer pursued and eventually apprehended a

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man and woman who were driving a California murder victim’s stolen car and are suspects in a crime spree in California including Escape and Attempted Murder of a police officer . The couple has been identified as Darnell and Tania Washington. The incident started just before 9 this morning when a SeaTac Officer ran the license plate of a blue Subaru station wagon that was parked near 18800 block of 32 Ave S. The plate returned stolen

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and as the officer attempted to contact the occupants, the vehicle took off southbound, ramming the officer’s car as it sped away. A pursuit ensued and the car was boxed in by SeaTac police cars near S188 and Pacific Hwy. The female driver jumped into the back seat and the male passenger got into the driver’s seat. The male repeatedly rammed the police cars trying to escape in the vehicle. When the male could no longer move his car the pair was ordered out of the car by police at gunpoint. A 25 year old woman and her 24 year old husband were taken out of the car and detained. Officers learned that the male had escaped from the San Bernardino County Jail on August 28 with the aid of the female.

California authorities believe the pair went on a crime spree after the escape. The male is also suspected of the attempted murder of a police officer on Sunday, September 2. On that day a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy approached a suspicious vehicle in the City of South El Monte. An exchange of gunfire ensued between the deputy and suspect. The suspect shot and wounded the deputy with a shotgun. Additionally, on October 5, a 55 year old teacher was found stabbed to death in her home in the City of Hercules near San Francisco. Her blue Subaru station wagon was missing after the murder. That stolen Subaru was the vehicle stopped and the occupants arrested by the SeaTac Officer this morning near S188th and Pacific Hwy. A shotgun was also found in the vehicle. Hercules Police Department officials are not naming the suspects in the murder but plan to interview the Darnell Washington about the incident and why they were in the victim’s stolen car. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and Hercules Police Department are investigating if the pair committed a number of other crimes including carjacking and robbery while traveling their way from Southern California to Northern California. Detectives from the City of SeaTac will also contact police agencies in Oregon and Washington to see if the pair may have committed crimes in these states. The couple has been booked into the King County Jail.

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