August 20, 2016 |
It's not just the couch potatoes and video-game jockeys. A new study of sports physicals has shown surprisingly high rates of obesity and elevated blood pressure among Philadelphia student athletes. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University surveying four years of physical exam results for students ages 10 to 20 found obesity and high blood pressure appear to be as much of a problem for active kids as for their peers. The suggestion, the researchers say, is that even participation in athletics was not enough to protect the youngsters from these health concerns.
February 11, 1986 |
About 60 percent and in some cases more than 70 percent of Philadelphia public elementary school pupils scored below the national average on reading and math in citywide tests given over the past two years. Philadelphia school officials yesterday released the results of tests that were given to roughly 100,400 children in grades one through eight in December 1984 and again in November 1985. The tests, which replaced the California Achievement Test, were designed to test what pupils were taught under the standardized curriculum that went into effect in fall 1984.
December 8, 1997 |
State test scores for high school juniors in the Pennsbury School District dropped significantly this year over last year, and school officials aren't sure why. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment ranked Pennsbury juniors in the 70th percentile in reading this year, down from the 90th percentile in 1996. In math, they ranked in the 68th percentile this year, compared to the 87th percentile in 1996. The test has been taken annually since 1995 and measures the reading and math abilities of students in grades 5, 8 and 11. Scores for the fifth and eighth graders either held constant or increased.
September 25, 1994 |
Standardized-test scores for township students have risen to a new level, school officials say. District scores on the California Achievement Tests hit an all-time high this year, averaging between the 94th and 96th percentiles. The tests are administered to students in grades one through seven. Last year, the district scored in the 92d percentile overall. Percentiles are determined by comparing the district's scores with those in other districts. District spokeswoman Geri Egizi Borbe said this year's test was more challenging than ever.
January 11, 1990 |
Ninth- and 10th-grade students in the Philadelphia area's Catholic schools improved their scores this academic year on standardized reading and math tests, and most of their results remain well above the national average. The results are scheduled to be released today by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "We're really happy with the scores," Robert H. Palestini, superintendent of Catholic schools, said yesterday. "They have increased every year they (students) have taken them, but this particular year we have had the highest increase in the ninth grade ever.
February 7, 1991 |
Students in the Upper Merion School District have strong math skills, but fourth graders may need to improve their word-study skills, according to 1990 standardized test results in the district. In October, students in grades 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10 were given the Stanford Achievement Test and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. The results, which tested a range of skills, including reading, math, English, spelling, science and social science, compared the students' achievement with their aptitude.
January 29, 1989 |
Springfield students in three grades have upheld the district's high batting average in standardized tests. The district's fourth, sixth and 10th graders took the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills in the fall. During the school board's meeting Thursday, members were told that Springfield students scored at or above the 73rd percentile in all but three categories, sixth-grade spelling (69th percentile) and 10th-grade reading (66th) and spelling (67th). The highest single percentile was 84, scored by fourth graders in social studies.
June 14, 1989 |
A Northeast teenager with allergies that prevented him from attending school for almost two years will enter ninth grade at Lincoln High School this fall, according to his parents and school officials. His allergies, however, will prevent Jason Rush, 14, from attending summer school at Northeast High School - forcing him to spend an extra year in high school to graduate, his parents found out last week. After court proceedings in April, Common Pleas Court Judge Edward Summers ordered the Philadelphia School District to give Jason academic tests to determine if he would be ready for ninth grade at Lincoln this fall.
March 2, 2006 |
Ben Bernanke's maiden congressional testimony as chairman of the Federal Reserve was, everyone agrees, superb. He didn't put a foot wrong on monetary or fiscal policy. But Bernanke did stumble at one point. Responding to a question from Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) about income inequality, he declared that "the most important factor" in rising inequality "is the rising skill premium, the increased return to education. " That's a fundamental misreading of what's happening to American society.
January 25, 1990 |
Eighth graders enrolled in area Catholic elementary schools scored well above national averages on standardized tests administered last fall, and their scores have increased by nearly 9 percentile points since they took a similar test in the sixth grade. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was scheduled to release the results of the California Achievement Test today showing that, overall, eighth graders scored at the 73.8 percentile on the reading, language and math portions of the exam.