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Friday, November 11, 2005

Majority of PG students taking state English test fail

(Updated November 17, 2005)

"County scores next to last on English assessment; Achievement gap still evident among blacks, Hispanics"
Gazette, November 17, 2005 (by Guy Leonard, Staff Writer)
Only 41.9 percent of the Prince George’s County students who took the English 2 portion of the High School Assessments (HSAs) last year passed it, recent figures released by the state Department of Education show.

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School Board Vice Chairman Howard Stone of Mitchellville, said that the low scores on the English 2 portion of the HSAs coupled with the declining scores on the algebra, government and biology portions of the test pointed to a need to strengthen the curriculum on all levels.

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‘‘I’m certainly disappointed ,but it certainly shows we have to improve our curriculum,” Stone said. ‘‘Our kids are doing poorly and we have to do something about it.”

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Comment: Are Stone and the other board members ever going to stop talking about the need to do something and actually see that it gets done?

"New Md. Test of English Shows Wide Disparities"
Post, November 11, 2005 (by Nick Anderson
Washington Post Staff Writer)
Less than 45 percent of Prince George's County students who took Maryland's new high school English test passed the exam last spring, while Howard County's 77 percent passing rate was the highest in the state, according to data made public yesterday.

Seven of 10 passed the test in Montgomery County, and all other school systems in Washington's Maryland suburbs exceeded the statewide passing rate of 57 percent.

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Passing rates were 60 percent in St. Mary's County, 62 percent in Charles County, 67 percent in Frederick County and 69 percent in Calvert County. . . .

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  1. I just have one problem that is really bugging me right now. The original article that was in the paper was twice as long as the online version. A substantial portion (almost half) of the article has been left out. I wonder if anybody can explain the reason for this.