December 22, 2005 |
Philadelphia students' scores on the TerraNova tests improved for the fourth year in a row, district officials announced yesterday. Overall, scores on the October standardized tests for third through eighth graders were up 13 points from the fall of 2002. "For the fourth consecutive year, we have seen measurable growth and overall increases in the performance of our students on the TerraNova tests in reading, language arts and math," Paul Vallas, chief executive of schools, said yesterday.
November 6, 1986 |
More than 80 percent of New Jersey's third-grade and sixth-grade public school students passed math and reading achievement tests, and more than 90 percent passed language-arts tests administered last school year, according to results released by the Department of Education yesterday. The tests, which measure basic skills in reading, math and writing, are intended as an early-warning system to alert teachers to students who are having trouble. School districts have a choice of choosing their tests from about 20 skills tests approved by the state.
February 7, 2008 |
High school math scores fell in South Jersey in 2007, in keeping with a dip statewide, according to state test results released yesterday. Of 58 high schools in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, only a dozen showed any improvement in their math scores and only three improved by 5 percentage points or more, an Inquirer analysis shows. The three most-improved schools were Camden Creative Arts High School, Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, and Riverside High School.
April 15, 1993 |
Wanted: Three principals to fill jobs at Hillsdale, Mary C. Howse and Glen Acres Elementary Schools in the West Chester Area School District. As a result of vacancies created by early retirements taken under the Mellow Bill, Superintendent Thomas Kent this week announced six staff transfers to fill some positions. But the combination of retirements and transfers has left the three schools without principals. Kent named a director of educational services - a new post - and two high school principals, two middle school principals and one elementary school principal.
June 7, 2001 |
Brush up on your Bill of Rights! Memorize those mountains and rivers! New Jersey's public-school fifth graders have a new standardized test ahead of them this fall on the subject of social studies. Education Commissioner Vito Gagliardi Sr. told reporters about plans for the test yesterday during a break in the monthly state Board of Education meeting. The social-studies exam is not really new. A trial version was administered in the fall to gauge which kinds of questions best measured knowledge.
February 4, 2005 |
Camden Schools Superintendent Annette D. Knox wanted to make a big splash to mark her fourth anniversary. She took out a two-page newspaper advertisement this week that cost $5,200, and yesterday invited several hundred people to a lavish reception on the Camden waterfront to celebrate her accomplishments. In her "State of the District" address, Knox said students have made marked progress on standardized state tests, truancy has been decreased, violence has been reduced, and overall, Camden's schools today are in better shape.
November 17, 1988 |
The Lower Moreland school board has received approval of an $8,900 Chapter 2 block grant from the state for the 1988-89 school year. Superintendent Robert W. Pellicone told the board at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night that the money would be used for staff development. Asked to outline more specifically how the grant would be used, Pellicone said during an interview that the money would be used for the school district's reorganization. He said it would be applied to curriculum development in science, language arts and English in all the grades.
March 3, 1997 |
Students did some of the teaching at a conference for their teachers over the weekend. " 'Write what you know.' That's my motto. I have to write on my life because I don't know about anybody else's life," said Sarah "Jake" Major, one of six Moorestown Middle School students who shared writing and philosophies with a roomful of district teachers who were learning ways to incorporate a writing workshop into their third- through eighth-grade classes....
June 21, 1992 |
The Moorestown School District is about to acquire a more sensitive vocabulary. Beginning in September, teachers will be urged to refer to police officers instead of policemen, flight attendants instead of stewardesses, firefighters instead of firemen, performance artists instead of actors and actresses, and anchors instead of anchormen. Students also will learn that homemakers are not housewives; council members are not councilmen; female students are not coeds; letter carriers are not mailmen; and the rest of humanity are not their fellow men. "If we sensitize our children in the lower grades, we don't have to re- teach them later on," said Judithann Keefe, assistant superintendent for instruction.
January 12, 2007 |
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, visiting Philadelphia yesterday, said she would investigate whether students affected by rigged test scores in two Camden elementary schools should get waivers for tutoring. New Jersey has refused to invalidate the rigged 2005 scores at H.B. Wilson and U.S. Wiggins Schools, which could have helped with eligibility for tutoring reserved for failing schools. State officials have said federal regulations have kept them from providing tutoring to the affected students.