CSU California Academic Partnership Program

David Starr Jordan High School

Long Beach Unified School District
Los Angeles County
2001 API Base Report

Project Name
Focus on Math and Writing

Project Partners
Charles Lindbergh MS
CSU Long Beach


By 2004, all students in California will re required to pass a High School Exit Exam in which they will need to demonstrate proficiency in literacy and math. This CAPP grant is a partnership between David Starr Jordan High School and Charles A. Lindbergh Middle School in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). It focuses on professional development for teachers in writing and math, and the needs of English Language Learners. These two academic areas were selected because they are the two major content areas on the High School Exit Exam and because they high percentage of students who perform below proficiency on district and state assessments in these two schools.

The professional development described in the grant is designed to give teachers the tools they need to use district developed content standards to plan, guide and assess what students learn in writing and math. A critical component of this professional development is an intensive, week long writing and math institute that will take place in August, in class coaching provided by a CSULB writing instructor and a high school math teacher, and monthly meetings in which teachers collaboratively score, discuss, and analyze students' assessments. These efforts build upon the strong foundation of professional development that exists in LBUSD as well as the pre-existing partnership the district enjoys with CSULB. The Long Beach Education Foundation (LBEF), with financial support provided by Boeing, will provide funds to purchase graphing calculators for ninth grade math students.

CAHSEE Report and Evaluation:
David Starr Jordan High School (.pdf, 306K)

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CAPP Office
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Last Updated: June 10, 2016