14 schools recognized for improved test scores; State also awards money to county elementaries


Severn's Van Bokkelen Elementary School -- threatened with state takeover three years ago because of consistently low scores in Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests -- was among 14 in Anne Arundel County praised for their improvement yesterday.

At a ceremony in Essex, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick recognized 237 elementary and middle schools for MSPAP improvements.

Ninety-four of the schools also won a share of the $2.75 million awarded yesterday by the state for "substantial and meaningful improvement" toward meeting the state's educational standards.

Van Bokkelen, where the number of pupils with satisfactory scores has increased by 50 percent, was awarded $33,430.

Other Arundel schools awarded funds were Cape St. Claire Elementary, $38,427; Millersville Elementary, $25,775; and South Shore Elementary, $19,826.

"The school improvement team determines how the money will be used," said Maureen Moran, a state schools spokeswoman. "In the past it has been used for technology, computers or in-service training for the teachers."

The 10 other Arundel elementary schools recognized were Benfield, Broadneck, Lake Shore, Folger McKinsey, Mills-Parole, Park, Pasadena, Riviera Beach, Solley and Woodside.

"The recipients of this year's Maryland School Performance Awards in Anne Arundel County and throughout the state have done an outstanding job at improving the quality of education for their students, and their aggressive efforts are encouraging our young people to reach their highest potential," Glendening said in a statement.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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