High School Test Pass Rate Improving

NEWARK – Unofficial high school assessment scores (HSA) show that the first graduating class to face the HSA requirement to get their diplomas has improved passing scores.“These are unofficial scores. They are still embargoed by the state,” said Stephanie Zanich, in charge of testing and assessments for the Worcester County Board of Education, at the… Read more »

Court To Hear Sifrit Appeal

BERLIN – Convicted killer Erika Sifrit, who along with her husband Benjamin, brutally murdered and dismembered a Virginia couple vacationing in Ocean City on Memorial Day weekend in 2002, will get another day in court after the Frederick County Circuit Court where she was tried and convicted agreed this week to schedule hearings on her… Read more »

County’s ELL Student Rate Continues To Climb

NEWARK – The number of English Language Learner (ELL) students in Worcester County public schools has nearly tripled since 2001.“The population continues to grow,” said Diane Stulz, who runs the ELL program for the Worcester County Board of Education. “We went up by 10.4 percent over last year.”Worcester County schools teach 233 ELL students currently,… Read more »

Merits Of Single-Shot Voting Questioned

OCEAN CITY – A growing trend in Ocean City elections appears to be for voters to leave some slots blank on their ballot boxes, raising the question if this small town election is being influenced at all by the votes that weren’t cast.In Tuesday’s election, a record low percentage of voters, 23.5 percent, showed up… Read more »