Students making progress on required service

March 27, 1997|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

Most high school seniors continue to make progress toward completing the state's student service learning requirement, but between 115 and 330 students are "not making progress" toward the controversial requirement, with only about two months until graduation.

In a now-monthly report to the Maryland State Board of Education, officials around the state yesterday reported dwindling numbers of seniors who are less than 75 percent finished with the graduation requirement.

Montgomery County was the only jurisdiction that did not report its numbers for March; in February, it reported 217 students not making progress and 1,085 who were less than 75 percent complete.

Maryland's Class of 1997 is the first that must complete 75 hours of community service to graduate. The state board, which invoked the requirement in 1992, has been monitoring students' progress since July.

In the most recent report, Baltimore County reported 53 students not making progress, compared with 79 last month.

The number of students failing to make progress dropped from 33 to 16 in Howard County and from 6 to 1 in Harford. Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel and Carroll counties reported all students making progress, as they did last month.

In the city, 1,035 out of 3,822 seniors have completed less than 75 percent of the requirement, down from 1,181 last month. A total of 2,609 have finished the required number of hours.

To help students complete the requirement, many school systems have built service hours into academic courses, started one-semester service courses and implemented evening, weekend and summer service programs.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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