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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2011
Waynesboro Area School District students are performing well on statewide standardized tests in math and reading, principals told the school board Tuesday. Elementary school principals talked to the school board about student achievement Tuesday. Last month, Waynesboro Area Senior High School Principal Christopher Dennis offered a similar report.    Pennsylvania schools are asked to make “adequate yearly progress,” a classification aligned with the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 20, 2004
Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of profiles on Washington County Board of Education candidates. scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Elect Barry Harbaugh to the Washington County Board of Education and the school system will lose a substitute teacher, he said. Harbaugh, 45, of Clear Spring, said he will quit his position as a long-term English substitute teacher at South Hagerstown High School if elected to the board. It would be necessary to leave the job to avoid potential conflicts of interest, he said.
NEWS
June 14, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College will join hundreds of other colleges nationwide in making standardized tests such as the SAT an optional part of its highly selective admissions process. The test-optional policy, which was recently approved on a four-year trial basis by the Wilson faculty, will take effect with applicants for the spring and fall 2008 semesters. The decision to change Wilson's admissions policy regarding standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT is based on a wealth of research and findings showing that the tests are not the best measure of a student's likelihood of college success, Wilson Director of Admissions Mary Ann Naso said in a news release.
NEWS
May 1, 2000
North Hagerstown High School is hosting a college workshop night for 10th and 11th grade students and their parents Wednesday, May 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The workshop will provide students and parents information on the college application process, the timeline for taking standardized tests, available scholarships and loans, financial aid information and how to choose a college. Call North High's Counseling Center at 301-766-8243 to sign up for this workshop.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | October 7, 1999
Heather Wiles heard horror stories about the difficulty of the Praxis I standardized teaching tests from other students at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She knew a student who tried four times before she passed the math, reading and writing basic skills tests required for education majors. The student wasn't dumb; she was just not good at taking standardized tests. Consequently, Wiles, 22, of Hagerstown, said she was really frightened as she went in to take the Praxis I tests.
NEWS
September 23, 2002
Maryland State officials said 104 schools were identified as underperforming. Of 60,000 students eligible for transfers, 1,400 asked for them. The state honored about 900 requests. Pennsylvania Of the 256 schools on the federal school improvement plan, 178 are in Philadelphia, which is already under an ambitious school reform plan forced by a state takeover last December. Most of those - 235 - must offer both transfers and tutoring. Beth Gaydos, an Education Department spokeswoman, said Pennsylvania is "ahead of a lot of states" on tutoring because of a state program called Classroom Plus established last year.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | October 19, 2004
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of profiles on Washington County Board of Education candidates. scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Edward Forrest, president of the Washington County Board of Education, said he is seeking a second term so he and the other board members can continue addressing government mandates and other challenges. "I feel there is more work that I can contribute to the board," the 41-year-old pharmacist said. Forrest is one of eight School Board candidates selected in the March 2 primary to be included on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | May 7, 1999
Monday is expected to be a normal school day in Washington County despite statewide rumors of violence which had prompted the state schools superintendent to postpone standardized tests, Washington County school system spokeswoman Donna Messina said Friday. Similar rumors caused widespread student absences in Washington County on Monday. On that day, 28 of 47 schools in the county reported absentee rates of more than 10 percent. Almost half of the students at North Hagerstown High School were not at school.
NEWS
November 15, 1998
Here is the complete list of recommendations made last week by the Maryland State Teachers Association to improve the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program test: Ensure developmentally appropriate tests by having independent developmental psychologists review third- and fifth-grade tasks; redesign the third-grade test to create shorter daily testing periods; and implement field-testing procedures. Extend time for completion of a task. Reduce the impact of five days of testing.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 22, 2004
Editor's note: This is the last of a four-part series in which the 14 candidates for the Washington County Board of Education talk about education-related issues. Question-and-answer sessions with each of the 14 candidates will appear in next Sunday's Herald-Mail. andrews@herald-mail.com Learning should be a prize unto itself, not just a means to a high test score, a majority of the candidates for Washington County Board of Education said last week. But several disagreed on whether test success and knowledge are intertwined.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2012
Waynesboro Area Senior High School graduated 246 students Tuesday in a ceremony filled with expressions of gratitude. Graduation speakers thanked family, friends, school board members, administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, classmates, cafeteria workers, information technology professionals and custodians. “We are all here today because of the incredible gift they have given us,” Class President Mat Levine said. The Class of 2012's three valedictorians briefly turned the school's gymnasium into a comedy club, as they told a series of jokes and humorous stories.
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EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2012
Assessment tests, college-entrance exams, advanced placement tests, graduation rates, dropout rates ... Every year, a pile of reports and statistics is produced to show how students and public school systems are faring. But which ones really matter when it comes to figuring out how a school system is doing its job - to educate its community's young people? “That is a huge question,” said Joseph Murphy, who teaches school reform at the Vanderbilt Peabody College, Vanderbilt University's College of Education & Human Development.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2011
Waynesboro Area School District students are performing well on statewide standardized tests in math and reading, principals told the school board Tuesday. Elementary school principals talked to the school board about student achievement Tuesday. Last month, Waynesboro Area Senior High School Principal Christopher Dennis offered a similar report.    Pennsylvania schools are asked to make “adequate yearly progress,” a classification aligned with the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | August 11, 2010
Jacqueline Fischer wants to see what other school systems are doing to help their students perform well on standardized tests, and work toward every student having equal opportunities, she said. Fischer is one of 11 candidates for three Washington County Board of Education seats open in November's general election. Fischer served on the school board from 2002 to 2006, and ran for re-election in 2006 and 2008. Fischer, 64, lives west of Hagerstown with her husband, George. She has a grown son who graduated from Williamsport High.
NEWS
By ALLAN POWELL | August 11, 2007
Robert J. Samuelson, in "How We Dummies Succeed" (Washington Post Sept. 6, 2006), shows great insight about an ostensible failure in American education. He is fully aware of the reports which show that American students lag behind their European counterparts. For many, this has been a point of embarrassment. Samuelson, however, points out another statistic that is seldom used. Post-high school test results close the gap rapidly when older students are tested - most notably in literacy and math.
NEWS
June 14, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College will join hundreds of other colleges nationwide in making standardized tests such as the SAT an optional part of its highly selective admissions process. The test-optional policy, which was recently approved on a four-year trial basis by the Wilson faculty, will take effect with applicants for the spring and fall 2008 semesters. The decision to change Wilson's admissions policy regarding standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT is based on a wealth of research and findings showing that the tests are not the best measure of a student's likelihood of college success, Wilson Director of Admissions Mary Ann Naso said in a news release.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 14, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - He was ready for reading questions, but 8-year-old Levi Taylor said he was sure he would need a little help with the math. Luckily, the Williamsport Elementary School third-grader said he drew a reading question during the school's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire MSA'er game Tuesday. Judy Kerns, a student achievement specialist at the school, said she helped create the game to prepare students for Maryland State Assessment tests in reading and math, which are being taken this week and next by Washington County Public Schools students.
NEWS
by Wayne Ridenour | November 5, 2004
Prior to the election, Bob Maginnis, The Herald Mail's editorial page editor, portrayed the campaign of challengers for the Washington County Board of Education seats as "stealth," insinuating that their views on the issues were vague at best, invisible at worst. After speaking at forums, BOE meetings and answering questions from the newspaper and other organizations, I believe that to be inaccurate. I am and always will be a passionate supporter of public education. I believe it to be the cornerstone of our democratic system.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 20, 2004
Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of profiles on Washington County Board of Education candidates. scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Elect Barry Harbaugh to the Washington County Board of Education and the school system will lose a substitute teacher, he said. Harbaugh, 45, of Clear Spring, said he will quit his position as a long-term English substitute teacher at South Hagerstown High School if elected to the board. It would be necessary to leave the job to avoid potential conflicts of interest, he said.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 19, 2004
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of profiles on Washington County Board of Education candidates. scottb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Edward Forrest, president of the Washington County Board of Education, said he is seeking a second term so he and the other board members can continue addressing government mandates and other challenges. "I feel there is more work that I can contribute to the board," the 41-year-old pharmacist said. Forrest is one of eight School Board candidates selected in the March 2 primary to be included on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
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