Vermont statewide school assessment results show some improvement

first_imgVermont elementary and middle school students made significant gains in writing compared to the previous year, while Vermont high school students fell back slightly, according to the fall results from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) released today by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and grade eleven were tested in reading and mathematics. In math and reading, it was the Vermont high school students who saw improvement, while the lower grades were essentially flat. Students in grades five, eight and eleven were also administered writing assessments. The tables that follow provide a comparison of this year’ s test scores to the results that were released a year ago.  ReadingMathGrade LevelFall 2012Fall 2011Fall 2012Fall 2011Elementary/Middle School (3-8)73%74%65%65%High School (11)74%73%38%36% WritingGrade LevelFall 2012Fall 2011Elementary School51%46%Middle School 66%59%High School 46%48%The percentage of fifth graders who scored in the proficient range in writing increased five percentage points, from 46% proficient in 2011 to 51% proficient in 2012. Writing at the eighth grade level, proficient scores increased seven points, from 59% last year to 66% this fall. The percentage of high school students who scored in the proficient range dropped two points, from 48% to 46%. Test scores for reading and math have not changed significantly from 2011. The percentage of students in grades three through eight who scored in the proficient range in reading went down one percentage point, from 74% in 2011 to 73% in 2012. Reading results at the high school level were the exact opposite of elementary/middle results, with the percentage of students scoring in the proficient range increasing one point, from 73% in 2011 to 74% this year. Math scores at the elementary/middle level were unchanged at 65% of students scoring in the proficient range. Math results for high school students went up two percentage points, from 36% proficient last year to 38% proficient in the most recent results. ‘ High school mathematics continues to be high on the Agency’ s and Governor’ s list of priorities. While we only saw a slight increase in high school math scores, our educators are serious about improving our students’ understanding and passion for math,’ said Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca. ‘ If Vermont’ s students are going to be ready to continue their education beyond high school and be successful in the 21st century, they’ re going to need stronger math skills and knowledge. A 2% increase is not enough.’ Vilaseca said. Michael Hock, AOE State Director of Educational Assessment, pointed out that writing is the bright spot in this year’ s results. ‘ The importance of writing skills cuts across all areas of the curriculum,’ Hock said. ‘ For example, we know that our most successful schools have writing programs that focus on all content areas, even math and science. The impact of these programs is consistently evident in those schools’ test scores.’  The NECAP exams are given in collaboration with Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. These exams are designed to specifically assess how well Vermont students have learned the skills and content contained in Vermont’ s Grade Expectations. This is the seventh year of results on the NECAP exams for grades three through eight, and the fifth year for grade 11. As required under the No Child Left Behind Act, a Science assessment is given each May in grades four, eight and eleven. For the complete data of 2012 NECAP scores, visit: is external).  For school-by-school results, visit:…(link is external). % Proficient % Proficientlast_img read more

Cuba expresses gratitude for CARICOM’s support

first_img Jun 13, 2019 Statement on the occasion of the Forty-Seventh Anniversary… Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Rodriguez on Friday 14 June said his country had a “permanent debt of gratitude” to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its historical and fraternal support. “We recognise your resolute and irrevocable decision to join us in rejecting the genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against our country and the fair claim to put an end to it,” he told CARICOM Foreign Ministers. Mr. Rodriguez was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of the Sixth Meeting of Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Cuba, in Georgetown, Guyana. You may be interested in… Dec 9, 2019 The Minister noted his government’s gratitude for CARICOM’s “firmness” in denouncing the US Government’s authorisation to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. The authorisation paves the way for lawsuits in US courts against Cuba’s nationalisation of properties. Stating that his country’s actions were in “full adherence to national and international laws, as was recognised by the US Supreme Court ruling on the Sabatino case,” Mr Rodriguez added: “The Helms-Burton Act is arbitrary and is also an outrage and an insult against the sovereignty of Cuba and of third States.” He told CARICOM Foreign Ministers: “There is an attempt to suffocate the Cuban economy and place our people on their knees through scarcities and hardships, but I can assure you that such an attempt will fail.” Mr. Rodriguez affirmed what he described as Cuba’s “permanent commitment to cooperate and share its modest achievement with the Caribbean.” He said Cuba would never forget the courageous act of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1972 despite the tensions of the cold war. The consistency of formal dialogues between CARICOM and Cuba, such as on this occasion, he noted, was “beyond any question” and exemplified the strength of their relations. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Guyana to host meeting of CARICOM, Cuban Foreign Ministers center_img Jun 14, 2019 CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with Cuba COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”COMMUNIQUÉ – Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), St. George’s, Grenada, 13-14 May 2019The Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) convened in St. George’s, Grenada on the 13-14 May 2019, under the Chairmanship of the Honourable C. Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Labour of Grenada. The COFCOR was attended by the…May 14, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with CubaEven as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday reaffirmed the great value it attaches to ties with Cuba, it reiterated its call for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba. Speaking at the opening of the Sixth Meeting…June 14, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Declaration Adopted At The Conclusion Of The Sixth Meeting… Jun 14, 2019last_img read more

Farmington officials add ‘vape’ to local tobacco ordinance

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington city officials on Monday added e-cigarettes and “vape” products to an ordinance that bans the sale of tobacco products to minors.The ordinance amendment prohibits minors from possessing “nicotine products” and bans vaping on school property. Following discussion at previous meetings, council members raised the proposed local fine for violating the ordinance from $50 to $250.While federal law prohibits selling vape products to minors, a state law is still in the works. Demers said that while vaping in a growing problem in schools, students have faced only in-school punishment when caught with e-cigarettes.RELATED: FARMINGTON MAY CHANGE ZONING RULES FOR VAPE SHOPSUse of the devices, which deliver a hit of nicotine in vaporized “juice”, has grown in Farmington schools and across the country.“It interferes with the learning environment,” Demers said. “I’m continually hearing reports from our School Resource Officer about the bathrooms being the go-to place to use vape products.”Demers said the fine provides some “teeth” to enforcement for repeat offenders, but the goal with students is not to keep issuing citations.“With this ordinance, it’s not our intention to issue ticket after ticket,” he said. “I see this being used as leverage to get these kids into a program that explains the dangers of vaping.”Mayor Pro Tem Sara Bowman asked how the new rules would be communicated; Demers said there’s a plan to roll out information, developed with the district’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association). Bowman also suggested changes to existing tobacco-free zone signs.Under the new rules, Demers said, tobacco enforcement “stings” using underage decoys will now include vape shops. In addition to ticketing business caught violating the law, the department notifies state and federal officials.Farmington’s law only affects the two schools located within the city’s boundaries: Longacre Elementary and Farmington High School. Demers said Farmington Hills is working on a similar ordinance, which would cover all buildings in the district. Reported bylast_img read more

2021 AFCON: No One Can Influence My Starting Line Up – Rohr Roars

first_imgSuper Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr believes players are confident in his selection considering his choices are not influenced by any group of persons or individual.Nigeria’s Men Senior national team face Benin Republic in their first game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier series in Uyo and already twenty three players are in camp to do battle with their fellow West African Counterparts.“We try to be all the time honest with the players so the confidence is coming. We try to do the best choice not influenced by any people and to bring the best one in our 23 list already and then starting the match.“So, I think the players have a feeling for that and the confidence we have mutually is giving us this mental strength.” Rohr said.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England);  Ifeanyi Anaemena (Enyimba, Nigeria)Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France)Relatedlast_img read more