by Army Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample
Air Force News
WASHINGTON -- Results show Defense Department school
system students scored consistently higher than the national
average on a standardized test. Third-to eleventh-graders scored
higher than the national 50th-percentile average in the United
But Joseph Tafoya, director of the Department of Defense
Education Activity, is already looking at ways to improve the
upcoming school year's curriculum for even better results in the
"We're trying to be a leader. We're trying to look at
programs and … make them better so that our students are more
successful," Tafoya said. "And so our efforts to
improve test scores continue; our efforts to have kids have more
access to challenging courses continue.
"We know that every kid in our system needs to take algebra
and geometry, and not only do they need to take it, they need to
be successful. So we're putting (in) a lot of time and effort to
do that," he said.
The TerraNova test is a nationally standardized achievement test
in which students are evaluated in reading, language arts, math,
social studies and science.
Test results showed DOD students consistently scored 10 to 20
points higher than the national average in 37 of the 45
subtests, and 21 to 25 points higher in five subtests.
Tafoya said he hopes curriculum changes in the upcoming school
year at DOD high schools will result in even better test
results. He said this year's high school curricula were
standardized to focus on literacy and algebra skills, along with
language support and computer-oriented math instruction.
Some of the high school-level curriculum changes will be
considered for elementary and middle schools in the future
"to ensure that all kids are getting the same curriculum
and the same opportunity," he said.
Another initiative Tafoya said may have helped students score
well was the educational activity's focus on getting students to
Tafoya also said that DOD schools scored high on the National
Assessment of Education Progress evaluation test. As with the
TerraNova test, this evaluation assesses students' know-how in
various subject areas. He said the gap between minority and
other students was the smallest in the nation, and DOD students
ranked No. 1 in overall writing skills.
"So we have this very high-level degree of success,"
Tafoya said. "Obviously we're very proud of those scores,
but we're not going to sit back and say we're doing (well).
We're continuing use that as an emphasis and help our kids and
DOD schools to be among the best," he said.
Tofoya said having outstanding students has been the work of
"great administrators and teachers." But, he said, the
keys to the success of the military education program have been
the parents and military commands that support DOD schools.
"They are very interested," he said. "The quality
of the education of their students is paramount all the way from
the very top at the … Pentagon down to the local bases and
schools. So with that, we believe we have an advantage."
The education activity operates 224 fully accredited public
schools in 21 districts in 14 countries, seven states and the
U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. About 106,000 students
are enrolled in DOD schools.
FAHS Alumni PARTY ON
Mountain Lake, Georgia
Social Dinners, Keggers, Fireworks, Sports, family affairs and
more. For specific dates, check out FAHS website or www.fahs.org.
If you wish to obtain housing,you can contact Mountain Lakes at
www.mtnlakes.com. Be sure to mention that you are renting your
conjunction with the houses rented by Dennis Berwyn (FAHS Alumni
President). The folks at Mountain Lakes are familiar with the
location of the houses rented by Dennis, and will be able to find your housing as close as possible to the main
AND BEER FUND: We are
asking that all folks attending contribute the following amounts
toward the food and beer fund:
$80 per adult, $30 per child over the age of 12, $15 per child 12 and
With the funds collected we will be supplying a light dinner on Friday
(sandwiches and munchies), the kegger dinner on Saturday (including,
certainly not limited to, German bratwursts and other goodies), the Sunday
barbecue and an unlimited supply of good German beer for the weekend
(Friday through Sunday night).
Keep in mind, that monies collected for the Food and Beer fund are for
weekend dates only. Anyone coming earlier than Friday will be
for their own dinners and beer.
COLLECTS THE MONEY FOR FOOD AND BEER?
Lisa Worsing (FAHS 77),
2413 Starkamp Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
DATE FOR FOOD AND BEER MONEY
May 1, 2002.
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