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Page I0 -MALAKOFF NEWS-Dec. 18, 1975 ,:.:.:.:,: ......... ...............,...,.......,...,................. ............ ..,......... ............. . ............... ..... . .................... ......... .- ....... ...... ,.....,....*.......,...-... ........ : : : ........... :,:.:.. ..... :.:.:.:.:.:... average, 49 per cent average and 41 per cent below average. Consistently social studies showed the most students below ideal achievement levels from the fourth grade through the ,eighth grade, according to Mrs. Orr, The below-norm figures continued in Iowa Tests of Educational Development Tests given to high school students, according to Fort. In recent testing by grades, the following percentages of students were below average in each grade in social studies, according to the tests: fourth grade, 49 per cent: fifth, 53 per cent: sixth, 54 per cent; seventh, 40 per cent: eighth, 37 per cent; ninth, 51 per cent; tenth, 45 per cent; eleventh 61 per cent, and twelfth, 39 per cent Since social studies is basically based on reading (history, geography, etc. ), Fort blamed low scores in scoial studies on general inability of malay students in the field of reading. Here are the pair's findings on the number of students below average reading levels in each grade, based primarily on tests given in 1975: second, 21 per cent; third, 38 per cent; fourth, 36 per cent; fifth, 31 per cent; sixth, 26 per cent; seventh, 28 per cent; eighth, 33 per cent; ninth, 41 per cent; ninth, 46 per cent; tenth, 51 per cent, and twelfth, 38 per cent. Fort said that although students were hurting in reading ability, they appeared to be holding their oWn in math and science, and English was "in-between." Scholastic aptitude (IQt tests given students at the high school level indicate that although tests consistently ranged from three to 10 points J.W. Brownlow Brownlow To Seek Reelection J.W. Brownlow announced today that he will be a candidate for re-election to the office of Sheriff of Henderson County. He made the fol- lowing statement: "I have served as your sheriff for approximately 21 years. I would like to thank the people of Henderson County for the wonderful cooperation and support you have given me during that time. l am 51 years of age, the last 25 of these being spent as a peace officer in Henderson County. My wife is the former Laura Jo Ramsey. We have three children: Ronnie Brownlow, a Texas Ranger stationed in McAllen, Louquita Brownlow Warren, married to J.B Warren Jr, a Sgt. on the Mesquite Police Department, and Brady Brownlow, employed by Valley View Ranch of Athens. I am a member of the Cayuga Drive Baptist Church and a charter member of the Henderson County Peace Officers Association. When re-elected, 1 will continue to work for you, the people of Henderson County to the best of my ability. I will continue to give you an honest, hard-working and sober sheriffs department I take great pride in ms" depart- ment working in complete harmony with all law enforce- | meat agencies. | It is my sincere desire to | continue as your sheriff, and | with your help, make Hender- | son County one of the finest | counties in the state. I will appreciate your con- finuod support in the up- | coming election on May 1, I 1976." I Political ad -- Paid for by J.W. Brownlow behind the normal average of 100 on the test, that students have the ability to reach higher levels. The schools are not getting out of the stu- dents what they are capable of accomplishing, said Supt. Jack Murray. Asked for an opinion on how to remedy the lower achievement levels, Fort said: "Districtwise, I would put all my marbles and money at the elementary school level. If the students don't get it there, it is too late. Mrs. Orr agreed, saying smaller classes, utilizing more teachers, would be necessary to improve the situation. In answer to questions about students in Plan A and ESAA remedial reading and math programs, Mrs. Orr said that students were showing improvement in the classes according to testing done on these special-need students, but ttt in Plan A, a student must be a year and a half behind before he is placed in the course, and the period needed to catch up is lengthy. In tests on students' ability to use source materials, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and libraries, the following percentages were below normal in each grade according to recent testing: fourth, 40 per cent; fifty, 51 per cent; sixth, 54 pe cent; seventh, 38 per cent: eighth, 57 per cent; ninth, 51 per cent; tenth, 45 per cent, eleventh, 61 per cent, and twelfth, 44 per cent. "For the students we are sending to college, we are not doing the job in social studies," Fort told the trustees. He also showed test scores on ACT tests given students wishing to go to college, that indicated that at least 50 per cent of the students taking the test scored below the normal entry level for most state colleges and universities. Most colleges and univer- sities in Texas and other states use the ACT tests to determine student elegibility. Most require at least a composite score of 16. while some require 18 or 20. ACT scores of students taking the test during the 1973-74 school year showed only 7 of 14 achieving a score of 16. ACT scores during the 1974-75 school year showed 16 scoring at least 16 out of 33. Malakoff students taking the test averaged 16.30 on the composite, compared to the Texas median of 16.83 and the national mean of 18.80, Fort's report indicated. Fort pointed out that Southern and South- western states did not rank as high as Eastern and Western states, "primarily because of dollars." Fort warned trustees not to try to draw conclusions about teacher ability from the results of the tests. Much of what the teacher accom- plishes with a particular stu- dent is limited by prior educational accomplishments, and teachers given brighter students at the outset show better achievement levels than those who have large numbers of slower students. On the whole, Fort and art told the trustees, Malakoff's school teachers are doing a good job. Trustees discussed, from I II I STUDENTS from page one time to time, during the presentation the merits of holding a student back in a grade because he did not show adequate improvement. Mrs. Orr, answering a question from Ben Woolverton, said that most of the time retaining a child does ot help, although there are times when it does, if the student has the ability. "In high school, we are getting some students who maybe shouldn't be there," Jimmy Mattingly said. In answer to a question from Homer Ray Trimble concerning relative merits of open and closed classroom teaching, Mrs. Orr said she had no complete information, but that in a personal study of reading alone, she did a paper that indicated in the class she studied that the open class- room showed an increase over the closed classroom. Fort said that at high school level, he would recom- mend two state-approved reading courses, but again pointed out this would involve hiring additional teachers. Fort told the trustees he felt the libraries were not being used as much as they should, and he also doubted if handbooks on library skills available for elementary students and secondary students were being used. Murray commented that one problem in reading is that students spend more time in front of the television set than in former years, and do not read at home as their parents did. In answer to a question as to whether students were ready for the jump from elementary to junior high and from junior high to high school, Mrs. Orr said "50 oer cent are ready" for junior high and Fort said "60 to 75 per cent" are ready for the leap to high school. Mrs. Orr said the fourth grade, tested this fall. "appears to be our problem class." The composite scores showed 51 per cent of the students below average, compared to only 4 per cent above average and 45 per cent within average percentiles. Trustees also approved estimates of values of various school buildings and their contents to be used in seeking insurance bids. Values set include: Junior high gym, $140,313; junior high class- rooms. $180,314; shop building metal, $22,400; junior high homemaking, $13,800: Junior High build- ing, frame, east side, $2,100; junior high build, frame, west side, $2,100: principal office, $23,000; bus repair and class- room, $14,000; auditorium, $102.750: high school class- rooms and offices, $745,272; high school gym, $192,638; agriculture buildings, $14,000; band room and :utility room. $69,500; new elementary building, $597,613; cafeteria building, Ill i I imi I LUMBER 2 LUMBER * PAINT HARDWARE * SERVICE "EVERYTHING FOR THE BUILDER" Open' til 4:00 Saturday W.R. McKee Lumoer Co. Hiway 31 East Phone Malakoff j: 489-0527 $73,500; old elementary building, $27,000, and admin- istration building, $29,328. It was noted that these figures do not include land values. 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