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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               O's make it two in a O's vs. on 50 A TIGHT Frr College-bound kids learn to pack creatively Cl on be i Cleaner air may bring relief at gas pumps Bl TOMORROW' COOLER PAGE A13 THURSDAY AUGUST MD Nation's SAT scores hit 20-year high girls are closing the gap ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Students are tak- ing tougher classes. College-bound se- niors are preparing better for test time. And maybe the nation's teen-agers are learning reversing two decades of educational decline. Whatever the the result is that members of the Class of 1995 marked the best cumulative scores since the early 1970s on the Scholastic Assessment making most of the long-term gains in math. Asian Americans remain top scorers with whites close but other minority students have made broad gains in recent years to close the gap. boys stayed ahead of but girls are moving faster up the scholastic according to scores released yesterday for the just-revised entrance the most widely used by colleges. Education Secretary Richard W. Ri- ley attributed improvements to stu- dents taking tougher especially in math and science. still have a gap between stu- dents who have stronger opportunities and those who he still have an awful lot of The national average on the verbal test increased from 423 in 1994 to 428 in while math scores rose from 479 to 482. That cumulative total of 910 in 1995 was the highest since when the total score was 924. This boys scored 429 in the verbal compared to 426 for girls Among ethnic whites were the top with a 448 aver- age. In boys bested girls Asian Americans were the top with a 538 average. In the name of the examination was changed to the Scholastic Assess- ment Test from the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Other changes were The 1995 test was greatly modified to em- phasize reading comprehension and math problem-solving over multiple- choice questions and rote memoriza- tion. Students also can use and they have 15 more minutes to solve problems on each test. SAT officials said the revised test isn't easier or just different so scores should be about the same as for the old tests. The 1995 verbal score was the high- Page MATH VERBAL A high score Is BOO for each test. County averages 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 County scores surpass the national average Board of Education Cipttil graphic By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer County high school seniors this year surpassed their counterparts across the state afld the nation in math and verbal sms oh the college entrance leaping past record-breaking scores of two years ago. The Class of 1995 scored an average of 503 in math and 438 in verbal on the Scholastic Aptitude which is used by colleges in determining student admissions. A perfect score on each section is 800 points. Anne Arundel County seniors who improved by a total of 15 points did far better than students nation- who scored their best average cumulative scores since the early 1970s. pleased with the said Jane a county school spokes- man. more than the national and obviously more than the It's the best student' perfor- mance during a 15-year Over the past five county students improved by 13 points in the verbal portion of the test and by 20 points in math. Last the Class of 1994 scored an average of 495 in math and 431 on the verbal also beating scores of students statewide and nationwide. Page Jet ski deaths spur concerns Officials say riders ignore regulations ByPJ.SHUEY StaffWriter With the state's first three jet ski- related deaths all within the past few months as state officials are convinced that many operators don't know the rules of the waterway. aren't said Bruce state Boating Administra- tion at a hastily called conference yesterday on Kent Island. are dying because they are treating them like Officials at the orga- nized after the death of a 13-year-old Severna Park girl Tuesday afternoon on Kent called on parents and owners to pay closer attention to the laws governing jet skis. State law prohibits anyone from operating a jet ski at high speed near any other or fixed objects. The law also prohibits anyone under age 14 from operating a jet ski. The accident Roxanne M. was riding her jet ski with a group of friends on Jackson Creek near Grasomrille. Mr. Gilmore said officials will review the such as the age to determine whether they should be tightened. he said the problem steins from ignoring regulations that are in place. we're finding out is that many people get on these and they don't know anything about boat- ing or water Mr. Gilmore said. craft doesn't operate like a normal vessel. The user does not realize they're on a vessel. They think they're on something different and are not governed by the rules of the Maj. Mike Eastern Shore By George N Lundskow The Capital Papa a Jit near hto shop on Kent Rob's JstsU. Mr. Papa and state Boating AdmlntsliaUuii officials say a of accidents hi 1995 hidudlnf a fatality on nearby Jackson Creek were caused when operators Ignored safety rules. RULES OF THE WATER Regulations governing operation of Jet skis In Maryland waters Operators must be at least 14 years toutchlldren under 14 can ride as passengers. bom after July must carry a boating safety education Speed must be fcept below 6 Knob per hour when a watercraft Is within 100 feet of another boat or an object such as a pier or bridge. Speed must be kept below 6 knots wheh a watercraft is within 100 feet of a swimmer except Maryland waters of the Atlantic where the distance is 300 feet. AD operators and passengers must wear Hfe preserwrs. commander for the Natural Re- sources said that in the past decade the number of reported jet ski accidents jumped from zero to 50 so. far this In the past three years jet ski ownership has with about of the craft regis- tered in the jet skis weigh 300 to 500 have engines with more than 35 and are capable of reaching 30 to 50 mph. It hasn't been determined how fast Miss Bedell was traveling at the time of her accident. Police said Miss Bedell and a passenger were aboard a jet ski when they were thrown off or fell off the craft A second jet operated by hit Miss causing seri- ous head and chest injuries.'She was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger aboard Miss Be- dell's jet ski and both riders aboard the second jet ski were all under Sgt. Bunky Jones said. The accident remains under inves- tigation. The first two jet ski fatalities ever in the state took place just four days JET Page Neall to lobby legislature for business NEALL By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Former county executive and state lawmaker Robert R. Neall will be changing sides next lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of busi- ness. The Maryland Chamber of Com- merce announced this morning that it has hired Mr. Neall as its chief lobbyist to press a friendlier state legislature to cut taxes and regula- tions. Gov. Parris N. Glendening and legislative leaders have said they'll push for a tax cut this year to make Maryland more pro- business. But the state chamber is taking no about it and doing it are two different Mr. Neall said this devil is In the details.' That's probably He said the chamber would release its position at its October general meeting in Ocean City. there's some agreement that a tax cut is a we're going to make sure it stays mat chamber spokesman Gene Burner said. also a matter of how it's done and how Mr. left office in December 1994 after deciding not to run for re- election. He was said to be considering running for governor. he opened a management consulting business in Ro- bert -R. Neall and and worked as a lobbyist for Johns Hopkins Health System. He said he was excited about return- ing to the institution he served for 12 years. to me. I have very feelings about especially when it's a cause I believe and one that's crucial to the future of the the DavJdsonville resident said. Making Maryland more business- he is the way to keep it from being 21st century version of the Rust The chamber didn't disclose Mr. Neall's but said he was a contract employee with specific duties. Neall brings to the chamber both the experience of his many years as a legislator and chief and a long-standing commitment to the free-market economy and the private chamber President Champe C. McCulloch said in a prepared state- ment. Mr. Neall said the chamber will be his only lobbying but he will maintain his consulting business. He wouldn't disclose his salary but said it would appear in mandatory disclosure statements for lobbyists. Legislators said the Republican would be successful working for the chamber. a good choice for the said Del. Michael E. who as chairman of the Economic Matters committee will hear' much of the business issue legislation. spent 12 years in the he understands the legislative process. He is regarded as someone with exper- tise in the budget When he served as House minority Mr. Neall had a reputation for being able to put partisan matters which should help him. had a good rapport with both sides of the aisle. He gained a lot of respect from some of the long-standing. Mr. Busch said. During that Mr. Neall built ties to influential Senate minority leader John A. R-Severna Speaker Page INSIDE Arundel Report.. Calendar.......... Classified.......... Crossword...... Death Notices... Editorials.... Entertainment... FamHyLMng...... For th6 Record. Bl Lottery............... M 63 Movies................ 06 C8 Obituaries........A13 C7 Police Beat..........All C14 Sailing................ 06 C14 SevemaPark...... B6 A12 Soutti County...... B4 D8 Sports................01-5 Television........... 07 B2 Vlgoettes............ A5 ClttsMad....................268-7000 Cbcutotlon..................2684800 From Kwrt 327-1583 AH other FDA pushes for more prescription information ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON The government is trying to push pharmacists to give patients understandable instructions on how to use prescription drugs in an effort to counter the billion in annual hospitalizations from' improper use of medicine. Some 45 percent of Americans get no written information on how to take a prescribed medicine and what side effects to anticipate. The rest get information ranging from custom- ized instructions to Just tidbits Of little the Food and Drag Administration says. The agency's Have pharmacutB prepare spec patiemMnfannatton leaflete M days of physicians writing a prescription and the pharmacist filling it and the patient being in the that's 'Just not good FDA Commissioner David Kessler Tta days of phytickw writing a prucrip- tion and the pharmacist filling it and the patient being in the that's just not good FDA Commissioner David Kessler said in an interview. Mr. Kessler's goal is to have at least 75 percent of Americans receive adequate infor- in layman's about prescription drop by ad 98 permit by. 2006. ptfcati dosage such 'Take two pills once a day with Questions can Does that mean in the noon or Before or after a What about a missed What side can occur and should they prompt a call to the What other drugs will Interact danger- ously with this Should an the pins be or Jmt until toe condition k the only state that requim written patient instructions with every prescription. Under a program the FDA proposed yester- every drug considered to have and health risks must provide written patient information. Until the FDA has had to force warnings on such drugs on a case-by-case basis. include the acne drug which can cause birth and the sleeping pill Hal- which can cause short-term.memory Mr. Kessler said. For every less-dangerous the FDA is pushing aD pharmacists to provide developed under agency gukWtaws. Doe to fadMtay the pharmadit   

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