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September 06, 2005|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

BALTIMORE

Average SAT scores drop slightly in city

There was a slight drop in the SAT scores of Baltimore's public school students last year, but the number of students taking the college entrance test increased.

City students' average scores on the test declined from 403 to 400 in verbal and 400 to 397 in math, for an average combined score of 797, according to data released last week by the school system. Each section of the test is scored on a scale from 200 to 800.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported that Baltimore County police had made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a man during an argument over the weekend. A police spokeswoman said no arrest has been made.
A chart of SAT scores in yesterday's editions misspelled the name of Carver Vocational-Technical High School.
The Sun regrets the errors.

There were 2,460 students tested, up 314 from the previous year. Nearly 60 percent of seniors in the class of 2005 took the test.

"This represents the inclusion of students who in the past might have opted not to participate," said Benjamin Feldman, the school system's research, evaluation and accountability officer. "This year's performance is encouraging."

Citywide, nearly twice as many girls took the test as boys.

The highest score in the city was at Polytechnic Institute, where the average combined score was 1066. At Baltimore School for the Arts, it was 1056.

The state and other Baltimore-area school systems released their SAT scores a few days earlier than Baltimore did. Statewide, average scores were flat - 511 in the verbal section and 515 in math - though participation also increased.

It was the last release of scores on the old SAT format. In March, the College Board began administering a new version of the test that eliminates the analogies section and adds a writing section with an essay.

2004 2005 2004 2005

Verbal Verbal Math Math

City College 473 467 467 462

Polytechnic Institute 505 518 535 548

School for the Arts 537 555 478 501

Carter Vo-Tech 357 351 352 348

Dr. Samuel L. Banks -- 365 --- 349

Dr. W.E.B. Dubois 359 338 366 344

Edmondson-Westside 353 370 365 351

Forest Park 332 351 332 357

Francis M. Wood * * * *

Frederick Douglass 335 332 325 336

Harbor City --- 390 -- 334

Lake Clifton-Eastern 321 330 307 320

Laurence G. Paquin 327 382 315 350

Merganthaler Vo-Tech 386 376 374 374

National Academy 334 * 333 *

Northwestern 348 369 340 350

Patterson 362 343 354 351

Paul Laurence Dunbar 390 386 393 388

Reginald F. Lewis 321 339 336 321

Southern 352 332 340 353

Southside Academy 395 361 392 364

Southwestern 324 332 345 328

Walbrook 357 346 337 341

Western 452 453 434 439

*scores not reported; fewer than five test takers

BALTIMORE

Volunteers, donations sought for Canton renovation project

A nonprofit foundation that is working to renovate a closed convent for pediatric bone-marrow patients at Johns Hopkins Children's Center is asking for skilled laborers to volunteer their time, and for donations of building materials.

The Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation has been renovating St. Casimir convent in Canton for the past year.

Officials said the project is nearly complete, but they need more help.

Carpenters are needed to held finish a courtyard deck, rooftop deck and stairs. A statement from the nonprofit said the work could take several weeks, but that officials would accept workers for whatever time they have available between Thursday and Sept. 28.

Help is also needed to demolish a sidewalk and a concrete courtyard.

Assistance is needed this month with brick-cleaning and power-washing and installation of gutters and downspouts.

Metal railings around the rooftop deck and on three front stairs are to be put up early next month.

The foundation, which runs retreats and houses in Baltimore, Ocean City, Fenwick Island and on Wisp Mountain, also needs pressure-treated lumber for its Canton project.

Information: www.believeintomorrow.org.

BALTIMORE

Lake Montebello lot closing for 5 months for construction

The temporary parking lot at Lake Montebello will be closed for the next five months because of construction work, according the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

To prevent people from entering the work area, a temporary 8-foot-high, chain-link fence is being installed across Whitman Drive from the contractor's access road to the lake perimeter fence, officials said.

The work at Lake Montebello includes dredging and removal of poison ivy and other weeds.

City officials recommend using Druid Lake and the Herring Run Trail as alternative recreation areas during the work at Lake Montebello.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Police identify victims of two fatal shootings

Baltimore County police have identified two men killed in shooting incidents in Reisterstown and Middle River this weekend.

Charles Watson Clark II, 20, of the first block of King Richard Court in Rosedale was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center just before midnight Sunday - about an hour after police found him with a gunshot wound at Chilworth Avenue and Endsleigh Avenue in Middle River.

Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a spokeswoman for the county Police Department, said detectives knew of no suspects or motive in the case, which was under investigation yesterday.

Police also identified the victim of a shooting that took place early Saturday after an argument in the 11700 block of Reisterstown Road.

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