State's schools lauded for raising reading scoresThe...


State's schools lauded for raising reading scores

The National Education Goals Panel has awarded a gold star to Maryland for improvements in fourth-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 1992 to 1998.

The panel -- a bipartisan group of federal and state officials -- also awarded gold stars for fourth-grade progress to Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and the Virgin Islands, and gave gold stars to Arizona, California, Louisiana, New York and Washington, D.C., for progress in reading achievement between fourth grade in 1994 and eighth grade in 1998.

Glendening launches fourth annual reading program

With the dolphins of Baltimore's National Aquarium as a backdrop, Gov. Parris N. Glendening read "The Rainbow Fish" to children from nearby Federal Hill Elementary School on Friday to launch the fourth annual "Reading Across Maryland" program.

Glendening said schools in each of five geographic regions with the most books read per pupil will receive awards to pay for a celebration party -- $750 for first place, and $250 for second place. Each pupil will receive a bookmark score card, and earn a "Maryland Rising Star" certificate from the governor for reading 10 books.

'Literacy mobile' to stop at Prime Outlet centers

Drawing attention to a national book drive at Prime Outlets malls, with a goal of collecting 2.5 million books for literacy programs, the company's "literacy mobile" was making stops this weekend at the company's three Maryland shopping centers.

Although the last stop is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Prime Outlets in Perryville, the book drive will continue through the end of the year there, and at its malls in Hagerstown and Queenstown, plus 48 other sites around the country. Donors receive a gift bag and discount coupon book.

Books collected in Maryland are destined for the Baltimore Reads Book Bank. Baltimore Reads, a nonprofit literacy organization, participated in the Prime Outlets effort as part of its observance of tomorrow's National Family Literacy Day.

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