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Survey Finds Increase In Students Drug Abuse

More junior and senior high school students reported using illicit drugs last year than did the year before, a national survey has found.

Marijuana, cocaine, and inhalants accounted for the largest increases, according to the 34-state survey of nearly 200,000 students in grades 6-12. Cigarette smoking also rose significantly in the annual survey by the Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education in Atlanta.

Marijuana use soared, especially among black students, the study found. The drug's popularity among junior high black males nearly doubled over the year before.

This was the third consecutive year the survey has found rising drug use among students.

The students, surveyed during the 1993-94 school year, do not represent a random sample because participation by districts and schools is optional.

The survey's report of increased marijuana use matched the findings in a separate report released recently by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. That report also says marijuana is at least 10 times more potent than it was a decade ago.

New Accreditation Link: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named Arthur E. Wise, the president of the national body that accredits teacher training institutions, to its board of directors.

The appointment announced late last month is expected to strengthen the link between the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the national board as they fine-tune their standards for accreditation and advanced certification of teachers.

The national board--a privately organized effort that offered pilot tests last fall to certify expert teachers--has been informally collaborating with ncate's leaders in Washington, D.C., over the past two years.

Next spring, ncate is set to vote on making the Detroit-based national board one of its constituent members--another move intended to pool ideas on improving the teaching profession, Mr. Wise said last week.

Vol. 14, Issue 09

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