October 12, 1997 |
Sinnita El-Muhammad, 7, sat with a set of colored blocks and a stack of flash cards and worked on the day's lesson: doubles. "OK, Sinnita. What's 7 plus 7?" teacher Donna Herron asked, holding up a flash card. "Fourteen," answered the second grader at the John Glenn School. "Very good," Herron said. "Now can you show me with the blocks?" Sinnita counted off seven orange blocks and seven red ones. For the other side of the equal sign, she counted off 14 violet blocks.
January 22, 1989 |
After three teams of education investigators have visited the Willingboro School District in the last few months - following up on parents' complaints about the system's remedial programs - school officials there await the last of the teams' findings and an end to what they consider a political smear. The small group of parents who have called for the state and federal Education Departments' reviews hold a different view of the future in Willingboro. They expect the state - through the probes by the divisions of basic skills, special education and civil rights - to implicate school officials in serious wrongdoing.
February 18, 1989 |
Large numbers of students entering New Jersey's colleges and universities continue to lack basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics, a situation that has shown only slight improvement during the last decade. Those were the troubling results of a study presented here yesterday to the New Jersey Board of Higher Education by state higher-education officials. "Significant proportions of students continue to enter our colleges needing help in basic skills," T. Edward Hollander, the state's commissioner of higher education, reported in a memo to the board yesterday.
September 20, 1987 |
The Tabernacle School District is beefing up its basic-skills program this year, according to a plan outlined to the Board of Education by curriculum coordinator Eileen Steepy. This year, Steepy told the board on Tuesday, there will be more state- certified instructors to teach students who need extra help in math, reading and language. This will be the first year for a basic-skills language program, Steepy said. About 135 students from kindergarten through eighth grade who fall below the minimum proficiency levels on the California Achievement Tests will receive the special instruction in classes of seven to eight students, Steepy said.
September 10, 1987 |
The No. 2 pencils have not even been sharpened, but Abington school officials already are predicting that students' comprehensive test scores will be lower this school year. Beginning in February, the district will administer a new comprehensive test - the Iowa Test of Basic Skills - to students in grades two, four, six and eight. The test is "longer and therefore more reliable" than the California Achievement Tests that the district used for years, Don Puglisi, director of pupil service, said at Tuesday night's school board meeting.
May 2, 1991 |
For the second time in five years, the Willingboro School District has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the "unusual success" of its language arts basic skills program. Each year, the program's 14 teachers introduce the basic skills students to plays based on stories by major authors, such as The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant. After reading excerpts aloud and building projects depicting scenes from each work, the students attend live performances of the plays at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
September 17, 1987 |
Less than three weeks after the Pennsylvania Department of Education released more results of statewide tests to measure students' basic skills, principals at Upper Darby schools have been told that improving such skills is the district's highest priority. Upper Darby Superintendent Joseph Batory has been a critic of the state's use of results from the Testing for Essential Learning Skills Program to compare school districts and schools based on pupils' performances. But on Aug. 31, the state did just that, releasing school-by-school test results.
July 5, 1987 |
Results of a statewide test of minimum skills given to elementary and junior high school students show that at least one of every three Coatesville school district youngsters failed the reading and math segments. The test, called Testing for Essential Learning and Literacy Skills, or TELLS, is given annually to students in the third, fifth and eighth grades to measure their basic reading and math skills, state education officials said. Test results for the 1986-87 school year show the percentage of students who failed to master what officials believe are the minimum skills for reading and math at the various grade levels.
March 9, 1999 |
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary of providing literacy training to adult Philadelphians, the Center for Literacy could not have asked for a better present than President Clinton's call for a dramatic increase in federal support for our cause in his State of the Union address. Specifically, the president asked for a national campaign aimed at the millions of Americans who read at less than 5th-grade level. He also cited the need for long lines of immigrants to learn English.
July 13, 1992 |
This summer nearly 25,000 Americans - about one in 100 people - will die as a result of accidents or heart attacks. If you were the only person who could make the difference in a life or death situation, would you know what to do? And if you were facing a life-threatening situation of your own, would you be able to rely on the people you love to save you? These are very difficult, very serious questions, and they demand consideration. This past Memorial Day weekend a 14-year-old girl swimming in the ocean off an area beach became caught in a strong current which threatened to drown her. Fortunately, Phil Kohler was there.