School board to review plan for improving minority test scores

April 05, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

The school board is scheduled to review a plan tomorrow to improve the test scores of minority students who take the SAT test, a requirement to get into most colleges and universities.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at school board headquarters on Riva Road in Annapolis. The plan for increasing student achievement is scheduled to be heard at 1:30 p.m., after the lunch break.

Also on the agenda is a review of the controversial four-period pilot program at Chesapeake High School. Students attend four classes, or periods, each day instead of the usual six classes.

School administrators say the schedule means students can have more intensive instruction in just a few subjects at a time. Students also have more flexibility in choosing their classes, proponents say.

However, the plan stirred controversy when it was introduced last January because parents and students felt they had not been given adequate notice of the schedule change or its significance.

Tonight, four candidates vying for the single at-large seat open on the school board will be questioned by the public for the first time.

The Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at Arundel High School. Delegates from community groups will question John J. Loughlin II of Severn, R. Allen Honaker of Severn, Mark R. McKechnie of Arnold and Nancy McCauley Schrum of Pasadena.

Two more public hearings are scheduled, at 7 p.m. April 13 at Chesapeake High School and April 21 at Central Middle School. The nominating convention will vote May 4 on which candidate it will recommend to the county executive and governor for appointment.

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