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The Perquimans weekly. (Hertford, Perquimans Co., N.C.) 1934-current, August 10, 1978, Image 1

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Perquimans results in annual testing program : \ rs up ; ninth graders down By KATHY M. NEWBERN Perquimans County School Superintendent Pat Harrell joined other superintendents in the Albemarle area Thursday afternoon it a press conference held to release results of local students' per formances in the statewide annual testing program which was ad l ministered in the spring of 1978. ? AH school systems in the state were given a suggested release form to provide uniformity in releasing the student test results to the public. Released scores were for individual grades in each system. No release was made of individual student scores or results from individual schools. Across the state, students in Sades 1, 2, 3, 1, and 9 were tested. te test results for students in Per quimans County showed first graders doing extremely well and ninth graders falling below average when compared to scores of students across the state and nation. Second and third graders in Per quimans County fell more along the average line with sixth graders per forming below the state and national levels. The released information provides two ways to compare Perquimans students with students in North Carolina and in the nation. Figures are given in grade equivalents and in percentile ranks. The figures in these two areas for first and second graders are given in estimates, but school spokespeople have labeled them as "valid estimates." Thoughout the press conference, educators stressed the danger of placing too much emphasis on and misinterpretation of grade equivalent comparisons. Educators agreed that percentile rank scores are more effective for comparisons. When grade equivalents are presented, the average Aould be the grade number plus .7 meaning the seventh month of the year which is when testing occurred. Therefore, a first grader in the nation is given a 1.7 figure as average while a ninth grader is given a 9.7 figure as average. In percentile rank, 50 is con sidered average. Reading and mathematics tests were administered to first and second graders. Students in grades three and six were tested in these two areas plus language, spelling, and given a total score. Ninth grade students were tested in reading, mathematics, language, and given a total score for comparison. A story from the Associated Press Thursday brought out several trends when looking at test scores of students across the state: ?Family income has a direct rela tion to scores, whereas, children from families earning $15,000 a year or more scoring generally higher. ?Girls did much better than boys, i especially in the higher grades. ?Students in mountain and upper Piedmont schools tended to do best on the tests, while the lowest average scores came from north eastern counties and the sandhills counties of the southeast. *Black children generally did not do as well as white children, and the performance gap grew wider in the higher grades. ?North Carolina school children scored roughly the same on the tests as children in other states, but first and second graders did significantly better. (This also held true for Per quimans County students). The report from AP also pointed out that ninth grade students in the state scored seven months behind the national average in reading and math, and four months behind in language. Comparatively, Perquimans County ninth graders scored more than one year behind both the state and national average in all areas tested. In Perquimans County, ninth grade students were one year and eight months behind the national average in both reading and mathematics. Perquimans students' scores showed them one year and one month behind the state in both reading and math. In language, Perquimans ninth graders scored two years and three months behind the national average and one year and nine months behind the state average. On the total test, Perquimans ninth graders scored one year and nine months behind national averages and one year and two months behind the state average. Perquimans County second and third graders were at the state and national levels overall with only a few months difference either way in ill areas. Perquimans County sixth graders did well in spelling but fell behind state and national averages in all other areas. Local sixth graders scored one year and eight months better than the national average and one year and four months better than the state average in spelling. In other areas, Perquimans sixth graders were five months behind the national figure and nine months behind the state average in reading. They were one year behind the na tional average in mathematics and eight months behind the state average in that area. And, on the total test, Perquimans sixth grade averages saw them per forming nine months behind the na tional average and six months behind the state average. An overall look at test scores for Perquimans County in all grades tested, plus some interpretation by school officials, appears elsewhere in this edition. I SAFE TAKEN FROM LOCAL . BUSINESS ? This picture shows where the safe at Cannon's Cleaners in Hertford stood prior to breaking and entering early Monday morning when five suspects ?Uedgedta drug the sale out of the business. The safe k was later found in a wooded section county. (Photo courtesy of Officer Robert K.Morris) I Five arrested after break-in By KATHYM. NEWBERN Five suspects have been arrested apd charged with safecracking and breaking and entering following an iadtant occurring sometime after miafaifht on Monday at Cannon's -*? - J_ TT? I, ?? .1 twiners in nertioru. Following the arrests, one suspect wli additionally charged with assault on a police officer and Hert ford Police Chief Marshall Merritt was charged with assault and Cttef Merritt explained that the brf*k-in was discovered at opening hittrfc Monday when the owner of the business located adjacent to Can non'! prepared to open tor the day. He aucovered the hack door open and called the police. Investigating the call, Officer J.R. Logan Sred the missing safe. Merritt explained that the department "developed a "Ad checked a vehicle. He recounts But officers then "found certain Evidence there that in wooded area ia the Beech section of Perquimans n (he busted safe were only : had been determined that an from the included and Kenny Felton, 18, of King St., Hertford. All five were taken before Magistrate Broughton Dail and Clerk of Court Jarvis Ward. Elliott was released on a $5,000 secured bond; Ford and Jones were released each on a $1,000 secured bond; and Felton and Stepney were both re leased on a written promise to appear. Involved in the arrests and in vestigation were Chief Merritt, Of ficer Logan, and Officer Robert K. Morris. Maximum sentence for safecracking is 30 years and for breaking ana entering, 10 years. The charge levied against Elliott of assaulting a police officer resulted after an incident at the police station when the five were brought in. Chief Merritt explained that relatives of the suspects arrived at the police station and at least one at tempted to interfere with an officer performing his duty. Chief Merritt said that Elliott was handcuffed and alledgedly kicked him and then attempted to kick another officer. At that point, ac cording to Chief Merritt, the by standing relative attempted to in terfere. In an effort to bring the suspect under control, Chief Merritt said he pushed Elliott back toward a chair. As a result of the incident, Elliott was chargcd with assault on a police officer. A criminal summons was then issued by Elliott against Chief Merritt charging him with assault and battery. Officer Morris served the summons on his chief. The two assault charges will be heard in the Aug. 16 session of District Court. All five suspects will also make a first appearance at that court session. President Carter visits Wilson By KATHY M. NEWBERN , Residents of Small Town, America may have often wondered what the reaction might be if the President of the United States paid them a viait. Well, residents of Wilson, N.C. found out first hand when President Jimmy Carter spent abort four hours in their town on Saturday. The visit, originally announced as an endorsement of Democrat John Ingram's bid for the U.S. Senate seat, turned out to be two-fold as the president attempted to increase his M ? ?>il ? | .. 1?| 1La I wli ? w <> h popularity in tne looacco-proaucing area following recent federal aut? smoking efforts. police and highway patrolmen out in hill force. While President Carter had several events on his agenda for the Wilson visit, only one, a speech from the Wilson County Library, was open to the public. Despite that a large group of citizens lined the fence outside the Wilson-Rocky Mount Airport to see the president arrive around 1:15 p.m. On the runway, be was greeted by a throng of reporters, photog raphers, radio and television people. The p-\ went over to the fence for some hand-shaking before swept in limousine to his was received warmly by Hmr '00 the V* School calendar is released Superintendent Pat Harrell reminds teachers that they are to report for work at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Perquimans High School. Following a brief meeting, teachers will then report to their assigned schools. The Perquimans County Board of Education has released the follow ing 1978-79 school calendar. Aug. 16. . . . Teachers report for work Aug. 16-24Teacher employment days Aug. 25 Pupil orientation day Aug. 28 Beginning of the 180-day school term Sept. 4 Labor Day Holiday Sept. 25 . . . End of first school month Oct. 9 Teacher employment day Oct. 10 End of first six weeks Oct. 24 . . End of second school month Nov. 3 ? Teacher employment day (NCAE district convention) Nov. 22 . . . End of third school month and second six weeks Nov. 23-24 . . . Thanksgiving Holidays Nov. 27 . . . Teacher employment day Dec. 20. Christinas Holidays begin at close of school Dec. 21-Jan. 1. . . Christmas and New Year's Holidays Jan. 2 School begins after Christmas Vacation Jan. 4 . . . End of fourth school month Jan. 18 . . . End of third six weeks and first semester Jan. 19-22Teacher employment days Feb. 5 End of fifth school month March 5 . . Teacher employment day March 6 . . End of sixth school month and fourth six weeks April 3 . End of seventh school month April 13-17 Easter Holidays April 20 End of fifth six weeks April 23. . . Teacher employment day May 7 . . . End of eighth school month June 4 End of ninth school month and sixth six weeks i June 5 Teacher employment day June 6 Teacher employment one half day; annual vacation one-half day June 7-15 Annual vacation days VISITING THE TAB HEEL STATE ? President Jimmy Carter displays his characteristic smile as he is greeted by spectators aid members of the press at the Rocky Mowit i Wilson Municipal Airport. Shown with the president, (L to r.) are: Senator Robert Morgan, Governor Jim Hunt, and Senatorial candidate t ? John Ingram. Part of the ream for the president's visit was in support of Ingram's campaign, (Staff photo by Kathjr M. Newbern) . * .

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