Sussex Beat, July 31, 2002
NOTE: Sussex Beat is a log of news briefs and commentary by Kerin Magill, editor of Sussex County Online, with contributions from Sussex County Online users.
Mixed Results at Milford in DSTP
Milford School District students posted impressive performances in Reading in the Spring 2002 Delaware Student Testing Program but had mixed results in Math and poor results in Writing.
In Reading, third graders not only had a high percentage of students meeting the standards with 89.29 percent at Benjamin Banneker and 80.12 percent at Lulu Ross, but they also had more than 25 percent who performed at Levels 4 and 5 -- the highest levels of performance on the state tests.
For 10th graders, 73.45 percent met the Reading standard, which was good for a ranking of 7th out of 31 tenth grade classes in the state.
Writing continues to be a major trouble spot in the district, however, as two-thirds of third graders and half of 10th graders failed to meet the standards.
Ironically, 8th graders did the best in Writing with 70 percent meeting the standard. That's ironic because 8th graders had the most trouble in Reading and Math, with only 64.17 percent meeting the Reading standard and just 46.91 percent meeting the Math standard.
Here is a look at how each of the grade levels performed in spring 2002 testing:
- Third Graders -- Students at Benjamin Banneker Elementary turned in a stellar performance with 89.29 percent meeting the state Reading standards including 10.7 percent who performed at Level 5 and 16.07 percent who performed at Level 4. The 89.29 percent figure represented a 10 percent increase over 2000. Lulu Ross Elementary turned in similarly impressive numbers with 80.12 percent meeting the standards and 13.25 percent at Level 5 and 19.28 percent at Level 4.
- Fifth Graders -- Fifth graders at Milford Middle School remained steady in Reading with 70.77 percent meetin the standards in 2002 compared to 70.73 percent in 2001 and 70.45 percent in 2000.
- Eighth Graders -- Eighth graders at Milford Middle dropped significantly from 2001 to 2002, as only 64.17 percent met the Reading standard in 2002 compared to 71.1 percent in 2001. The best eighth grade class was 2000, when 72.4 percent met the standard.
- Tenth Graders -- Milford High School sophomores continued their dramatic improvement over the early years of the test with 73.45 percent meeting the Reading standards in 2002. That's up from 71.24 percent in 2001 and is the best performance by a 10th grade class since testing began in 1998.
- Third Graders -- In Math, 82.95 percent met the standards at Benjamin Banneker, while 78.53 percenet at Lulu Ross met the standards. Lulu Ross' figures continued the school's substantial improvement from 2000, when only 61.83 percent met the standards.
- Fifth Graders -- Fifth graders' results decreased in 2002 with 65.54 percent meeting the Math standards compared to 72.29 percent in 2001. The 2002 score was the lowest for fifth graders since the 54.13 percent figure of 1999.
- Eighth Graders -- Math continues to be a trouble spot for eighth graders although they are continuing to improve form a low point of 31.25 percent meeting the standards in 2000. In 2002, 46.91 percent met the standard, up from 43.88 percent in 2001.
- 10th Graders -- While Milford 10th graders have been consistent in Math the past three years, they continue to struggle in this area. In 2002, 40.55 percent met the Math standards, compared to 40.89 percent in 2000 and 40.3 percent in 2000.
- Third Grade -- Like many schools across the state, Writing continues to be a major problem at Milford, where only 34.11 percent of Benjamin Banneker and 34.1 percent of Lulu Ross students met the standards. Worse, the numbers represent a decrease from 2001 at both schools. Benjamin Banneker's 2002 performance, in fact, was the worst at the school in the DSTP's five years. Bannker has dropped from 52.43 percent in 1999 to 41.96 in 2000 and 37.31 in 2001. Lulu Ross has never been above the 43.48 percent it posted in 1999.
- Fifth Grade -- Fifth graders continue to show erratic results in Writing, as 45.12 percent met the standards in 2002 compared to 48.34 percent in 2001. The best Milford score had been 50 percent in 1999.
- Eighth Grade -- While eighth graders dropped in Writing, they remained above 70 percent meeting the standards. In 2002, 70.13 percent met the standards, compared to 75.57 percent in 2001. Both figures, however, represent a significant improvement over the 55.76 percent who met the standard in 2000.
- Tenth Grade -- Tenth graders saw a significant decrease in performance in 2002 in Writing as just 48.63 percent met the standards compared to 56.52 percent in 2001 and a high of 70.92 percent in 2000.
Public Hearing for Mispillion Marina ...
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, regarding a proposal by Cedar Creek Group LLC to build a 42-slip marina at the former Mispillion Lighthouse Marina near Milford.
The plans call for construction of a 4-foot by 700-foot dock, 20 one-foot by 14-foot finger piers, and free standing pilings in the Mispillion River at Tax Map Parcel 3-30-5-9 at the end of County Road 203.
The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. in the DNREC Auditorium in the Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Hwy. in Dover.
Documents for the proposal may be inspected at DNREC offices at 89 Kings Hwy. in Dover from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday to Friday. For additional information or for an appointment to inspect the documents, call 302-739-4691.
Lewes Fire Injures Firefighters ...
Four firefighters needed treatment for injuries suffered during a warehouse fire at the Delaware Cedar Company on Route 1 in Lewes on Wednesday, July 31, 2002.
Sussex County Emergency Medical Services reported that it treated four firefighters and transported two of them to Beebe Hospital in Lewes during the blaze that required 100 firefighters from 6 fire companies.
SCEMS said two firefighters from Lewes, one from Rehoboth, and a Rehoboth fire police officer were treated. The firefighters were treated for dehydration, while the fire police officer was treated for injuries after being brushed by a moving vehicle.
Responding to the fire, which started at about 7:45 p.m. and was contained in a 10,000 square foot building, were the Lewes Fire Company, the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department, the Milton Fire Department, the Georgetown Fire Company, the Indian River Fire Company, the Slaughter Beach Fire Company, and Sussex County EMS Medical Units 104 and 106.
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