Education Briefs

Thank your teacher

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Mission Federal Credit Union, in conjunction with Cox Communications and Junior Achievement, has made it easy for students to say “thank you” to their teachers.

As part of its “I am thankful for my teacher” campaign, Mission Fed has established a web page at www.missionfed.com/im-thankful to make it easy for students to submit notes of gratitude online. When the campaign ends on Nov. 30, the notes will be delivered to teachers.

Winning teachers who get the most thank-you notes will receive $150 Visa gift cards. Students of winning teachers will get a classroom party or field trip of their choice, as well as free Junior Achievement financial education classes. Schools with the most thank-you notes will win a $200 award.

San Diego Unified Council of PTAs offers free training

The San Diego Unified Council of PTAs, along with the California Association of Compensatory Education, will hold a special training session on Nov. 12 to educate parents about the laws governing their school site council.

The training session will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the Ballard Parent Center in Old Town, 2375 Congress St., in San Diego. RSVP by phone at (619) 297-7821, or by email at sducpta@yahoo.com.

Copies of training materials in English and Spanish are available at www.sdcouncilpta.org and will be provided at the event.

San Diego students’ math score gains tied to testing program

A free math assessment program used in recent years by the San Diego Unified School District to track individual student progress helped boost achievement, according to a new study released in October by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The study analyzed seven years of student data from fall 2001 through spring 2007 and found that academic gains were substantial –

enough to move a student from the middle of the pack, at the 50th percentile in math, to the 57th percentile a year later.

The district mandated the use of the course-specific assessments from the Mathematics Diagnostics Testing Project under former Superintendent Alan Bersin. The testing results were used to help math teachers place students in appropriate classes and identify those who should attend summer school.