Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 25
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June 23, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 25

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The National Assessment of Education Progress, a project of the Education Commission of the States, said at its annual meeting here that an early report on a second round of science testing shows that: *· "On most exercises measuring science knowledge and skills, achievement declined at all three school ages assessed -- y, 13 and 17 years; »· "On exercises used at ages 9, 13 and 17 in both assessments, national performance improved on about one- third of the exercises and declined on about two-thirds of the exercises; »· "At the three school-age levels, size of the decline in over-all performance was between 1 and 2 percentage points." Project chairman Robert H. McBride, president of the Delaware Board of Education, said that 100,000 youngsters were tested in the second science assessment. Half of the questions were repeated from the first assessment in I96S-70, and it is from those questions that the finding of declining achieve meat is made, McBride said. He said the percentage of decline was high enough to be beyond the margin of error computed for the analysis. 'PiM,' Hormones Tied to Migraine CHICAGO (AT') - A study of migraine patients shows that women who take birth control pills or estrogens in* other forms have more headaches than other such patients, a researcher reports. Or. Lee Kudrow told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Headache on Saturday that stopping use of the pill reduced headache frequency among most of the women. He said changing the estrogen dosage and its timing helped women taking this hormone as therapy, he said. Kudrow, director of the California Medical Clinic for Headache, studied 300 headache sufferers, 239 of them women, 62 per cent of whom were using estrogens in some form. Estrogens, a female hormone, are sometimes prescribed for postmenopausal women and for treatment of some diseases. Migraine has been associated with constriction of blood vessels in the head, and Kudrow suggested that constriction of blood vessels caused by estrogens may cause migraine headaches in these women. Seventy per cent of the women using oral contraceptives showed a marked reduction of headache frequency after they stopped taking the pills, although this often did not occur until four weeks after discontinuation. "Since we are reporting tbe declining achievement, it wouldn't be appropriate for us to try to say what caused it," said McBride. "We do know ' from professional school applications that there is less interest in engineering and medicine than a few years ago." he added. * * * IN THE REPORT, released Friday during the commission's annual meeting here, the group said that nearly half a million students have participated in the assessment project since 1969. By 1975, they will have been tested in 10 learning areas. 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