County news in the daily Washington Post, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Monday31

Glen Burnie School Closes Gap

Over the past three years, North Glen Elementary School has achieved a goal that eludes most of the nation's public schools: closing the achievement gap between black and white students.

Among black students at North Glen, third-grade proficiency on the statewide Maryland School Assessment test rose from 32 percent in 2003 to 94 percent this year, placing the campus among the top schools in Maryland for black students' performance. Blacks outperform whites on several measures at the racially diverse campus, and white students perform very well.

Wednesday2

More Security at Football Games

Anne Arundel school officials said they would move up start times and increase police protection at every high school football game in the county for the rest of the season following the apparently accidental shooting of a 17-year-old Odenton girl while Annapolis and Old Mill high schools were playing.

Anne Arundel school officials said they hope to avoid another mishap by playing the games earlier and under more supervision. The earlier start time also will allow stadium security workers to screen ticket-holders while there is still some daylight, they said.

A police officer looks for evidence after a shooting at Annapolis High School during its football game Friday with Old Mill High School.