January 31, 2002
If some Howard County schools are stuck in the MSPAP mud -- as evidenced by their falling or stagnant scores on the state's annual achievement exams -- Superintendent John R. O'Rourke thinks he might have the answer: expanding a groundbreaking accountability program he launched last year with third-graders to include all struggling elementary children. The program, which requires teachers to prepare individual improvement plans, might also be broadened to include elementary children who are not below grade level, the superintendent said in a recent interview.
June 8, 2005
Howard County's African-American and Hispanic pupils have made strong gains in closing the gap in math and reading performance compared with their elementary and middle school peers over the last three years, according to test results released by state and county officials yesterday. Overall, Howard pupils once again exceeded statewide averages - and met the school system's more rigorous benchmark - on the Maryland School Assessments given this spring in grades three through eight. Reading scores were particularly strong at each grade level - the percentage of pupils passing ranged from 85 percent to 92 percent.
March 7, 1999
Schools, libraries and literacy programs seek volunteers to help children and adults improve reading skills and assist in related projects.Among them are:The Children's Guild, a school serving children with emotional difficulties. Tutors are needed between 8: 30 a.m. and 2: 30 p.m. weekdays to work with pupils in elementary reading and math at the school's Annapolis location, 1339 Forest Drive. Contact: Earl Hines, 410-636-7255.Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, for after-school centers at Fells Point, the Johns Hopkins medical complex and Southwest Baltimore.
January 30, 2000
Area schools and literacy programs seek volunteers to help children and adults improve reading skills. Among them: Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, for after-school centers at Fells Point, the Johns Hopkins medical complex and the Westside After-School Center in Southwest Baltimore. Tutors are needed Monday through Thursday for afternoon and evening hours to work with pupils ages 7 to 14 in reading and math. Contact: Outreach Department, 410-358-9711, Ext. 276.
January 31, 1999
TO WIN an election, a candidate often makes promises that prove difficult to keep. Parris N. Glendening has put himself squarely in that uncomfortable position.During last year's gubernatorial election, Mr. Glendening pledged to put 1,110 more teachers into local classrooms to tutor kids in reading and math. That commitment neatly neutralized a somewhat similar pledge by his opponent, Ellen R. Sauerbrey, to hire an extra 1,000 reading teachers.But after he was re-elected, Mr. Glendening decided not to include any money in his budget for these educators.
February 22, 2008
A new report confirms complaints that a lot of teachers and school districts have voiced about the federal No Child Left Behind law - that the focus on reading and math doesn't leave enough time for other subjects, such as social studies, art and music. It's a dilemma that didn't originate with NCLB but has been exacerbated by it. The best solution is to recognize, as Maryland does, that exposure to a variety of subjects is what constitutes a well-rounded education. According to the Center on Education Policy, more than 60 percent of school districts have increased instruction time in elementary schools for either or both English language arts and math since 2001-2002, just before NCLB was enacted - and 44 percent have done so at the expense of other subjects.