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NOV. 2009 NOV. 2009 CONTENTS FEATURES 8 What is a test score? 10 Same teacher, different class means different results 12 Should teacher evaluations be based on test scores? 13 The facts about Senate Bill 19 14 What do standardized tests really show? 18 Are tests structured for failure? 19 NAEP results do not tell the whole story 20 Financial literacy growing in value MAKING A DIFFERENCE 26 Data show QEIA schools making academic gains 27 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Issues Conference: What members had to say 28 Vallejo educators donate $12K in supplies to students On the cover: San Lorenzo Education Association member and adult school teacher Venetta Cormier-Walker. Story on page 8. TAKING A STAND 29 Sweetwater gets contract, community support ACTION 30 Sanchez discusses challenges ahead for public ed 31 Organizing plan seeks to strengthen CTA 31 CTA support yields great gains on Election Day 32 CTA moves carefully with Race to the Top 32 SB 19 signed into law by governor 33 AB 1130 tracks achievement of students over time 33 Governor signs new version of QEIA revenue limits protection bill 34 Initiatives filed attacking educator retiree benefits 35 Heads up: Deadlines and conference dates 36 CTA-sponsored and co-sponsored legislation for 2009-10

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