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June 17, 2005 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia School District announced its latest standardized test scores yesterday, showing improvements in reading, math and language arts for most students. Overall scores in these areas continued to climb in grades one through eight, while science scores stayed relatively the same, district chief Paul Vallas said. The TerraNova exams were given this spring in reading, language arts, math and science for students in first through 10th grades. But students' scores at the high school level were less encouraging.
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January 6, 2011 | By Rita Giordano and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
More than half of South Jersey's public high schools maintained or improved their passing rates on the most recent state math test, and nearly three-fourths did so in language arts, according to an Inquirer analysis of data released Wednesday. At 44 of 60 schools in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties, 11th graders did as well or better in reading than they did last year, while juniors at 31 of 59 schools for which there were scores did better or the same in math. Results of the standardized tests, which also were administered last spring to students in grades three through eight, were released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.
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December 22, 2005 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 6, 1986 | By Chris Conway, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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February 7, 2008 | By Rita Giordano and Dylan Purcell INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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April 15, 1993 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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June 7, 2001 | By Tom Avril INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
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.
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September 10, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year after Pennsylvania Core standards were approved by the state Board of Education, Gov. Corbett has called for "continued public review" of English- language arts and math standards in elementary and secondary schools. In a news release Monday, Corbett said he wanted statewide hearings to review what students should know at each grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq will preside at the hearings. The governor's seeming change of heart comes as many schools are scrambling to implement the controversial new standards, ordering textbooks and revising curriculums to comply with the requirements.
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February 4, 2005 | By Melanie Burney INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 17, 1988 | By Bernice Z. Heron, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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