October 1, 1986
Vol. 06, Issue 04
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Six percent of people in their early 20's read below the 4th-grade level, the federally funded study found, and 5 percent cannot perform such "routine or uncomplicated tasks" as filling out a job application or totaling two entries on a bank-deposit slip.
For Richard Stephens, a high-school principal in Alliance, Neb., signing up for the nation's war on drugs has not been a simple proposition.
After a year of research into the link between education and economic development, the nation's chief state school officers will now turn their attention to a closely related topic- the needs of at-risk students.
The Education Department's statistics--gathering agency is so badly flawed that it should either be substantially overhauled or abolished, a new report by a panel of the National Research Council has recommended.
PAGE 4 - Commentary
High-school seniors in the class of 1986 scored at least as well as 1985 graduates on the nation's two major college-admissions tests, continuing what experts describe as a five-year upswing in performance.
Inner-city girls who participated in an experimental pregnancy-prevention program at two Baltimore schools were far less likely to become pregnant than girls at two city schools without such a program, a study has found.
High-school juniors in eight Southern states have reading and writing skills that, for the most part, equal those of their counterparts across the nation, according to a new study by the Southern Regional Education Board.
In recent months, the media have joined local efforts in the battle against illiteracy.
PAGE 19 - Commentary
The continuing debate over the federal role in bilingual education is being conducted in an atmosphere almost completely devoid of an understanding of what is at stake.
PAGE 24 - Commentary
We live in dichotomous times. On the one hand, technology in all fields is blossoming. . . . On the other hand, we live in a renaissance of anti-science.
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