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PUPIL EVALUATION PROGRAM DRAWS E. AURORA CRITICISM

The East Aurora School Board Tuesday was told that that the state's Pupil Evaluation Program may have outlived its usefulness.

"The tests are almost too easy for us," Middle School Principal Dennis Leach told the board, adding that some of the standardized tests are being phased out while the staff looks "for a test that gives us useable information."

The district's four principals, who made presentations to the School Board on the annual state Comprehensive Assessment Report for the district, noted that the students are achieving scores in the upper percentiles.

Dr. Ronald Andrea, director of pupil personnel, said that there is too much testing and too much information provided that is not being used.

He said there is a need for a comprehensive test of basic skills, one that is "in synch with the curriculum."

The daily high school attendance rate has remained at about 95 percent, Principal James Hoagland said, and the dropout rate for 1989-90 was 1.2 percent.

He said the At Risk Committee tracks students with problems to help them remain in school.

In business Tuesday, the board:

Approved a contract rate of $164.30 for East Aurora students attending private schools in the Orchard Park School District.

Set the following 1990-91 non-resident tuition rates: handicapped students in kindergarten through grade 12, $6,909, a decrease of $1,191; half-day kindergarten, $1,240, up $284; grades 1-6, $3,440, up $49, and grades 7-12, $5,640, up $1,000.

Approved a resolution prepared by School Superintendent Robert Fort that said that changing the amount of state funding for education in the middle of the school year will have a devastating effect on programs, children and district finances.

It added that the board strongly opposes any decrease in 1990-91 state school aid.

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