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C2 THE HARTFORD COURANTi Friday, Dtcambw 28, 1984 State Students Score Above National Average in Verbal Tests By ROBERT A. FRAHM Courant Education Writer Nearly two-thirds 64.7 percent of the Connecticut students who graduated last June took the SAT, a college entrance exam, compared with about one-third of high school seniors nationwide. The report cautions that SAT scores generally are lower when large proportions of students take the test. Educators urge caution in using SAT scores for comparisons among schools or states because of differences in practices regarding who takes the test. Instead, the scores often are used to assess changes or trends.

Among the findings in the state report: SAT verbal scores averaged 436, three points above last year's state average and 10 points above the national average. During the past 10 years, the state average declined 16 points and the national average, 18 points. SAT mathematics scores averaged 468, three points above last year's state average, but three Eoints below the national average, luring the 10 years, Connecticut's average dropped 12 points, and the national average dropped nine points. On a writing test, the state's seniors scored slightly better than they had a year earlier and slightly above the national average. A separate series of SAT tests, taken by about one-third of those Connecticut students who took the regular SAT, showed that Connecticut seniors were about average in English composition but below the' national average in American history, mathematics, biology, chemistry and Spanish.

Pefer M. Prowda, consultant in the state Department of Education's Bureau of Research, said it is difficult to interpret the scores. "I don't know the reason we're above in verbal and below in math," he said. "Do you rush to make a judgment about math programs? I don't know. I don't think these are good data to do it with." Steven Leinwand, Department of Education math consultant, said the large proportion of state students taking the SAT "means all compari sons between Connecticut and the nation are highly suspect." The report, which also profiles those who took the test, shows that 10 percent of those tested in Connecticut last year were members of minority groups, compared with 7 percent a decade ago.

Across the nation, 20.5 percent of last year's college-bound seniors were members of minority groups. Of those who took the SAT last year, 75 percent said they attended public schools, down from 80 percent in 1974-75. College-bound Connecticut high school seniors scored above national averages on verbal and writing tions of the Scholastic Aptitude Test last year but below average in several other categories. A state Department of Education report says Connecticut students generally performed better than expected, considering that Connecticut had a higher proportion of seniors taking the test than any other state. Perkin-Elmer Chief To Lead State High Tech Panel i By STEVE GRANT Capitol Bureau Chief Robert Sorensen of Wilton, chairman of the Perkin-Elmer Corp.

of Norwalk, will head a new advisory board intended to promote the expansion of high-technology industry in Connecticut, Gov. William A. O'Neill announced Thursday. The new panel, called the Technology Advisory Board, will advise the state Department of Economic Development, evaluating existing state programs and suggesting new ones, O'Neill said. Among its first tasks is to explore a recommendation by the High Technology Council, which reported to O'Neill this year on ways to expand high-technology business, that the state provide tax and other financial incentives to encourage indus trial growth.

"Connecticut already has established a strong presence in the field of high technology," O'Neill said at a State Capitol news conference. "The new Technology Advisory Board, drawing on some of the widest experience and most recognized expertise in the field, will help Connecticut extend its leadership in the future." O'Neill also announced the names of 19 other people named to the panel and said additional appointments will be made in the future. Also named to the board: Dr. Harvey Sadow of New Canaan, president of Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. of Ridgefield; Norman Green-man of Woodstock, president of the Rogers Corp.

of Killingly, Emery Olcott of West Hartford, president of Canberra Industries Inc. of Meriden; Betty Hollander of Stamford, president and chief executive officer of Omega Engineering Inc. of Stamford. Also, Dr. Michael M.

Danchak of Rocky Hill, dean of the school of engineering and science, Hartford Graduate Center, Dr. Barry Bloom of Lyme, president of Pfizer Central Research at Pfizer Inc. of Groton; Rollin Mettler of North Haven, chairman and chief executive officer of Circuit-Wise Inc. of North Haven; Norma Foreman Glasgow of West Simsbury, commissioner of higher education; Dr. John Goldman of Westport, chairman, Cauzin Systems Inc.

of Norwalk; Tom Kelly of Greenwich, president of TIE Communications Inc. of Shelton. Also, John Carson of Bloomfield, commissioner of the state Department of Economic Development; James P. Fenton of Simsbury, former executive director of the High Technology Council; Alan M. Men-delson of West Hartford, assistant vice president, bond investment department, Aetna Life Casualty Co.

of Hartford; H. Craig Leroy of Suf-field, staff economist, Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Also, A. Henry Morgan of Redding, chairman and chief executive officer, T-Bar Inc. of Wilton; Stephen Feldman of Redding, president of Western Connecticut State University; George M.

Bellinger of Monroe, president of BarPat Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Bridgeport; Anne Wingate of Simsbury, independent consultant in education, training and employment; and Walter Collins of Meriden, international representative, Communications Workers of America of North Haven. Slaying May River with his fishing pole. His mother, Mary Ann Margolies, reported him missing that night.

Police and volunteers immediately began searching the Glenville section of Byram where the boy lived. The search ended Sept. 5 when the boy's body was found, mutilated by repeated stab wounds and buried in a shallow grave near the river. The discovery set of an investiga 15 Police Say Acquaintance v. i' MVS: GOV.

WILLIAM A. O'NEILL Announces Head of New Panel Be in Peril tion that has included more than 1,000 interviews along with repeated and extensive searches. Robbins said police are concentrating their investigation on a few Eeople. Authorities have said they elieve the killer is a white man who was familiar with Matthew's fishing habits. Police have said they believe Matthew's killing was not premeditated.

CASH AND CARRY ONLY. H1HNG forward," Detective Capt. Peter J. Robbins said Thursday. "We are concerned about their personal safety." Robbins, who heads the investigation, refused to be more specific.

He said he has learned the person is worried about behavior changes in the suspect that have occurred since the killing, but is afraid to tell police. "To know something like that well, that person should probably be YEAR-END THE ON mmmwEM of Suspect in in fear that something will happen he said. The stabbing and asphyxiation, death of Matthew Margolies, 13, shocked people in this posh, shoreline community on the New York border. The youth, who would have entered the eighth grade at Western Junior High School, was last seen Aug. 31 heading toward the Byram 5:00 versatile SAVE EVE x.

rnir ravnuK lira trw STATE BRIEFS Official Loses Driver's License Litchfield State's Attorney Dennis A. Santore surrendered his driver's license earlier this month under a suspension ordered because he refused to take a sobriety test, a spokesman for the state Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday. Santore was charged with driving under the influence in connection with an accident Nov. 8 on 1-84 in East Hartford. He has applied to participate in an alcohol education program.

PUTNAM State Won't Pay For Poll for Ross A Superior Court judge said Thursday that the state would not pay for a public opinion poll to determine whether a fair jury can be chosen in eastern Connecticut to try Michael B. Ross, who is accused of murdering six women. Windham Superior Court Judge Richard C. Noren denied the public defenders' request for the poll, but left open the possibility that the lawyers can renew the request if they can get no money from the public defender budget. Ross is charged with two of the killings in the Windham court.

HARTFORD Firm Says Paint Is Being Moved A Hartford company charged with illegally transporting and 110 drums filled with solvents and paint scraped from the White House, is obeying state orders to remove the hazardous waste from its property, a company attorney said Thursday. Ramco Technologies, which peeled 186 years of paint from the main entrance of the presidential home last summer, was charged with violations of the state's hazardous waste laws in a lawsuit that state Attorney General Joseph I. Lieberman filed in Hartford Superior Court last week. WALLINGFORD Man, 64, Dies In Accident A 64-year-old Cheshire man was killed and five others were injured in a two-car accident Thursday afternoon on Route 68. Police said Francis H.

Ells, of 290 Wallingford Road died after the car he was driving west crossed over to the eastbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on. Three passengers in the Ells' vehicle were injured. Brian Crumrine, 13, also of 290 Wallingford Road, was listed in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital and David Crumrine, 16, of 290 Wallingford Road, was listed in guarded condition. Daniel Board, 16, of 491 Woodpond Road, Cheshire, was in guarded condition. The driver of the other vehicle, -John H.

Engelmann, 38, of 312 Sharon Drive, Cheshire, was in stable condition Thursday at World War II Veterans' Hospital in Meriden. His son, William Engelman, 13, was treated and released from Veterans' Hospital. Police said the accident is under investigation. DURHAM Jackpot Winner Will Go To Hawaii A Durham woman, who called her husband her good-luck charm, was the grand prize winner of $100,000 Thursday in the Connecticut Lottery's Rainbow Jackpot show. Kathryn W.

Hansen, 41, an office manager for Southern New England Telephone Co. in Haven, won the grand prize at Connecticut Public Television studio in Hartford. Hausen said she will donate some money to her church and her favorite charity, pay bills and take a vacation to Hawaii. Other winners Thursday night were Christopher Maxwell of West Hartford, Vincent Verdi of Bridgeport, Michael Jermine of Madison, and Andrew P. Skarupa Jr.

of Shelton, $2,000. from staff and wire reports YEAR RUNS OUT! By NANCY TRACY Courant Staff Writer GREENWICH A relative or friend of a male suspect in the August slaying of a young boy may be in danger, said police who are urging the person to come forward with suspicions. "They know about his activities on Aug. 31, 1984, and yet have not come Case Continued For City Official Accused of Fraud Henry Langley, the Hartford official accused last week of involvement in a welfare-fraud scheme, was granted a continuance to Jan. 10 in his first appearance Thursday in Hartford Superior Court on Morgan Street.

Langley's attorney, Charles C. Greenwald of Glastonbury, said he would not comment on the charges. Langley was arrested Dec. 20 on charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, aiding and abetting the commission of second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit welfare fraud and aiding and abetting the commission of welfare fraud. Langley's job title is special assistant to the city manager.

However, shortly before City Manager Alfred A. Gatta assumed his duties in October, he transferred Langley to the Public Works Department. The charges were based on an investigation by the city's welfare fraud investigator in the Social Services Department. The affidavit filed by the investigator accuses Langley, owner of a three-family house on Sigourney Street, of providing false information about one of his tenants to the Social Services Department. This information helped the tenant collect $783 in fraudulent benefits, the affidavit says.

Monica Golding, the tenant, also was arrested Dec. 20, and charged with larceny, welfare fraud and two counts of conspiracy. She is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 2. UConn Board Picks Search Committee Associated Press FARMINGTON A 24-member search committee has been formed by the University of Connecticut's board of trustees to find a replacement for university President John A.

DiBiaggio, who will leave in July. DiBiaggio, 52, announced several weeks ago that he has accepted the presidency at Michigan State University, effective July 1. The search committee, which includes Gov. William A. O'Neill or his designee, also includes faculty, staff and alumni of the university, nine trustees and two students.

No target date has been set for the panel to complete the search. "I would like to have the selection completed in six months, but I'm not going to promise the public that we'll do it by July 1st and then not be able to do it," board Chairman Andrew J. Canzonetti of New Britain said. During a meeting at the UConn Health Center Wednesday, the board formally accepted DiBiag-gio's resignation. The board also discussed hiring the Presidential Search and Assessment Service, an organization of consultants.

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