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Howard County students scored 24 points above the national average on a standardized test that measures reading, language and math, a Howard school official reported last night.

Continuing a trend of exceptional scores on the tests, students in grades two, four, six and nine scored in the 74th percentile on the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills/Fifth Edition administered last March, said Leslie Wilson, head of assessments for the Howard County Department of Education.

This year's round of testing is scheduled to begin next week, she said.

Rain shuts road segment

Blame it on El Nino.

Thanks to days of heavy rain, Old Columbia Pike will be closed to the public for three to four weeks while crews repair damage. The rain washed out part of the roadway and damaged a retaining wall, according to the Howard County Department of Public Works.

Old Columbia Pike is closed between Main Street and Toll House Road, which is being used as a detour.

Gifford picked for board

An 11th-grade student at Columbia's Wilde Lake High School will be the student member on the State Board of Education.

Rebecca Gifford, who is the student associate to the Howard County Board of Education, is a member of the National Honor Society, the school drama club and the concert choir.

She also is a two-time winner of the International Thespian Troupe Unsung Hero Award and the 1997 winner of the Wilde Lake High drama department Key Award.

As part of the one-year, unpaid position, Gifford may vote on all items that come before the board except budget, personnel and legal issues. Her term will begin in July.

Rally to back river bill

Supporters of a controversial bill that would curtail development in the Patuxent River watershed plan to rally tomorrow in Annapolis.

Diana Reich, vice president of the Dayton Homeowners Association, says representatives from Montgomery and Prince George's counties will also attend.

A free bus leaves the Eyre Bus Service terminal off Triadelphia Road in Glenelg at 9: 30 a.m., Reich said.

The rally will begin in front of the governor's mansion about 11 a.m.

Board member has surgery

School board member Karen Campbell underwent back surgery last month and has been absent from board functions for several weeks.

She is expected to return to the board next month.

Pub Date: 3/13/98

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