- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

RICHMOND (AP) Virginia students scored higher on average on most Stanford 9 standardized tests in the fall than their counterparts nationwide, state education officials have reported.
Scores were highest in sixth-grade math problem-solving (71st percentile), fourth-grade math problem-solving (66th percentile) and sixth-grade total math (66th percentile).
The two lowest-scoring areas were ninth-grade math procedures (41st percentile) and sixth-grade language prewriting (43rd percentile), both of which were below the national average.
The scores compare Virginia students with those across the country. For example, in sixth-grade math problem-solving, Virginia students on average scored better than 71 percent of students nationwide. The 50th percentile is the national average.
The test is given to Virginia public-school students in fourth, sixth and ninth grades.
Along with hearing the test results, the Virginia Board of Education welcomed two members and named new officers.
The members appointed by Gov. Mark R. Warner are Mark E. Emblidge, 48, a Richmond School Board member, and former Democratic Delegate Tom Jackson, 44, a Carroll County lawyer.
They succeed former state board President Kirk T. Schroder, a Richmond lawyer, and Diane T. Atkinson, a former state Department of Education employee. Their terms expired Thursday.
Succeeding Mr. Schroder as president is Mark Christie, who was appointed by former Gov. George Allen in November 1997 and reappointed by former Gov. James S. Gilmore III in June 1999. Mr. Christie is legal counsel to the House of Delegates and teaches law at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jo Lynne DeMary's term as state superintendent of public instruction expired Thursday, but Mr. Warner asked her to stay on during his 120-day transition period, which would mean the governor probably will name a superintendent by May.


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